Glacier Country Kayaks is a locally owned and operated business. Bronwyn, Dale (and dog Tui) have built Glacier Country Kayaks up to the well- recognised business it is today.

Bronwyn, originally from Canada, has been kayaking for many years including multi-week trips around Vancouver Island. Dale has been a guide for over 9 years with 6 years spent as a Glacier Guide on the Franz Josef Glacier and a few seasons spent kayak guiding in Canada. While guiding in Canada over a summer period, Bronwyn paddled into Dale.

Bronwyn and Dale continued kayak guiding in Canada and Stewart Island NZ, before taking over Glacier Country Kayaks in 2013.

Glacier Kayaks is teamed with an awesome crew from a range of backgrounds who have a wealth of knowledge and experience.


At Glacier Country Kayaks safety is our top priority and is integrated into every part of our organisation.

We are audited by Outdoors Mark Safety, ensuring that only the highest standards of safety are implemented throughout the business.



We love our natural environment and have a passion for conservation and sustainability. Lake Mapourika is situated in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park and is also part of Te Wāhipounamu South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. As well as this, the rarest Kiwi in the world, the Rowi, lives here so we try to ensure our trips have the smallest impact on our environment as possible.

Being the only approved commercial business operator on Lake Mapourika, part of what you pay for your trip with us goes to the Department of Conservation, who are responsible for protecting New Zealand’s unique natural, historic and cultural heritage. Read our full sustainability policy here.

Dale and Bronwyn also run scenic cruises and fishing charters with Glacier Country Lake Tours! Check them out if you’d like explore the lake at a different pace!

Meet the Team

Glacier Country Kayaks is a locally owned and operated family business.
We are a team full of big personalities with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Dale and Bronwyn

Role: Owners

Grew Up: Christchurch NZ, Winnipeg Canada

Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Skiing, Kayaking & making the most of the beautiful place we call home!


Role: Base Manager

Grew Up: Hawkes Bay, NZ

Hobbies: Photography, Hiking, and anything adventurous!


Role: Senior Guide

Grew Up: Masterton, NZ

Hobbies: Loves anything to do with the outdoors but has a passion for kayaking and photography.


Role: Reception

Grew Up: Franz Josef, NZ

Hobbies: Travelling the world, taking photos and cleaning up my garden on the weekend!


Role: Guide

Grew Up: Portland, Oregon, USA

Hobbies: Hiking, running, cooking, reading, and anything to do with the water: snorkeling, paddle boarding and kayaking!


Role: Guide

Grew Up: Auckland, NZ

Hobbies: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Snowboarding and anything water related.


Role: Guide

Grew Up: Christchurch, NZ

Hobbies: Loves to get out down the beach and in the West Coast bush on the motorbikes. Hunting and fishing plus anything else that makes the West Coast of NZ a mean place.


Role: Guide

Grew Up: Ontario, Canada

Hobbies: Rock Climbing, backpacking, cooking and searching for insects!


Role: Chief Greeting Officer

Grew Up: Franz Josef Glacier

Hobbies:Loves long walks on the beach and playing fetch.


Role: Greeting Officer in Training

Grew Up: Franz Josef Glacier

Hobbies:Often spotted attempting to chew the door mat, posing for Instagram photos, sunbathing. Loves the broom, hates the rain. Charges a belly rub for entry into the office.