I normally won't write a bad review but this experience has bugged me since we did it over a week ago.
It is the first time in 5 weeks travelling in NZ that we felt miss led or more accurately overstated as another reviewer wrote. It was to be our one eagerly awaited kayaking tour. Thinking we would be kayaking for nearly 4 hours we booked an extra night in expensive Mt Cook in case we were worn out. Having visited the Franz and Fox we were excited to be able to get up close to a glacier. We obviously only looked at the pictures on the website and did not read the info properly, our fault I understand.
In all I estimate we were kayaking for less than an hour, possibly because conditions were so calm it made the paddling very easy but with no ice bergs to be seen and not being allowed within two kilometres of the glacier there was nothing to do but sit in our kayaks and peer into the far far distance. Our guide the Slovakian was friendly enough but had a very hard job to make the trip remotely interesting after he had told us the few facts he knew.
The lake water was dark grey and the surrounding ground and rocks were dark grey and the two km away glacier was dark grey. It was sad to think we gave up kayaking Milford Sound and any number of other incredibly beautiful places to pay almost $300 for an hours paddling.
The other 3 hours were somehow spent on the shortish drive, walk and unloading, loading the kayaks.
The other 4 people on our tour were lovely and it was good hearing the sounds coming from the glacier. I would check first if there are any icebergs to get near to or take the horrible noisy speedboats that are allowed closer and save the kayaking for somewhere better.
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