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“Awesome morning paddle”

Glacier Country Kayaks
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US$86.36*
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Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
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US$108.88*
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Kayak and Walk Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
Ranked #1 of 11 Tours in Franz Josef
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Owner description: A unique kayak adventure across Lake Mapourika, created by the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. We experience amazing panoramic views of the glaciers and southern alps, mirror like water and also explore a Kiwi Conservation area amongst some of Westland's oldest untouched rainforest. Free photos are included with each tour!
Reviewed 30 July 2014

This was a brilliant trip - one of the highlights of our 2 weeks in NZ. We went first thing in the morning, when the mist was still thick over the lake. Water was mirror-calm and it felt rather spooky.

The equipment and clothes we were given were fine, and the kayaks were also very good. Don't be put off doing this if you haven't kayaked before - there's no way you're going to capsize one of these sea kayaks.

We had a safety briefing, and then the kayaks were adjusted so we could reach the pedals comfortably. You have a choice of single or double kayak. Then off we went.

Claire was our guide, and she was great. Full of information about the lake, and took some super photos which are included in the price. Just download them from the web and you're done.

I couldn't recommend this trip more. Definitely a must-do when you visit Franz Josef.

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Glacierkayaks, Owner at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2014

Hi Matt,

Thanks so much for your awesome review! Really happy to hear that we were part of one your trip highlights, I'll be sure to pass the feedback onto Clare:) Hope to see you back again someday!

Cheers
Bronwyn

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Reviewed 18 July 2014 via mobile

Had such an awesome time with you guys on the lake, I couldn't believe how flat the lake was it was insane and it caused some wicked reflections in the water . Would definitely come again next time in the west coast area :)

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Glacierkayaks, Manager at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2014

Hi there!

Thanks for the review - we LOVE our morning reflections too. Definitely worth hitting the alarm for in the morning:) We do hope to see you out on the water again when you're back through the region.

Kind regards
Bronwyn

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Clare was our tour guide, and she was truly delightful company to our group of 7 kayakers. Pack a snack---the row back in feels forever long, and I wished I'd had some calories to burn.

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Glacierkayaks, Owner at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2014

Hi Emily,

Thanks for your review - we're luck to have an enthusiastic guide like Clare on our team! And we definitely agree that a nice block of chocolate will help greatly before returning home:)

Cheers
Bronwyn

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We spent the morning heli-hiking and were not planning on doing anything in the afternoon but the concierge at our hotel said not to miss the kayaking during our stay. We booked it and got there just in time for one of the most scenic and relaxing afternoons of our trip. Our guide took us to all the best spots and was a lot of fun too. As it turns out, her significant other was also our guide that morning when we went heli-hiking. Small world. Anyway, not only was this tour amazing but Glacier Country Kayaks has some of the best customer service of any company we ran into in New Zealand. Our guide had taken beautiful pictures of us kayaking during the afternoon and made a CD that was included free. We were leaving early the next morning and we were not going to have time to pick it up so she got everything copied to the CD that evening and dropped it off personally at our hotel for us. Thank You so much!

Thank Matthew P
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Glacierkayaks, Owner at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2014

Hi Matthew,

Wow - thanks so much for your wonderful review! I'm glad that both my partner and I provided you with a great experience from the Glacier out to our peaceful lake in the afternoon:)

Many thanks
Bronwyn & Dale

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Thank you for the fun afternoon Bronwyn! It turned out to be a beautiful afternoon in spite of the bad wether earlier in the weekend. They were very accommodating in conjunction with my Glacier hike and even picked me up from the heli pad. I have to say the trip through the rainforest river was the highlight to my weekend. Can't wait to take another trip when I'm back in the area.

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Glacierkayaks, Owner at Glacier Country Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2014

Thanks for the Review! It's a rewarding day walking on the ice and being swept up from the helipads to go for a paddle! Very pleased that the Kiwi Sanctuary paddle through the rainforest was the highlight of your weekend - we look forward to the next time!

-Bronwyn

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