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Glacier Country Kayaks & Stand Up Paddleboards

Join us for a kayak adventure just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier!  Enjoy open water panoramic views before navigating through the rainforest-clad streams of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary.  Lake Mapourika in renowned for it's stunning mirror-like water, birdlife and amazing views.  Our kayak tours are designed to complete your Glacier Country experience.

Novice and experienced paddlers alike find this venue outstanding.  Our team of experienced local guides offer interpretation of the area's geology, geography and the unique flora and fauna of the rainforests in the Westland National Park.

In the summer months we run three trips per day with the last one being our Sunset Classic!  During the winter we run a morning and an afternoon tour.  We also offer a longer tour which includes a guided walk through the Kiwi Sanctuary.

The lake is just 5 minutes' drive from Franz Josef Glacier village, courtesy transport is provided from our office in the village.  We also provide all kayaking equipment to keep you warm and dry!

Forward bookings are recommended.

Each trip includes a FREE high quality digital photos of you in action!

Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs)

SUPs can be booked from our Kayak office in Franz Josef, or by coming out to Otto's corner campground from 8am - 1pm on fine mornings from 1st December 2017.

Board hire and lessons available, with minimum number requirements.  Please visit our website for more information.

Booking is easy online... please visit

Booking and more information:

P: +64 3 752 0230
NZFREEPHONE: 0800 423 262

Opposite Franz Josef Glacier Guides
64 Cron Street,
PO Box 32,
Franz Josef Glacier,
New Zealand



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