For a kayaking tour that you will never forget book a tour with Glacier Country Kayaks where you can experience Franz Josef’s unique landscape up close, from Westland’s protected wetlands, untouched forest and rugged coastline to the dramatic Southern Alps. As you paddle through the protected habitat of the Kiwi, you will enjoy unbeatable panoramic views of mountains and glaciers. Operating a number of guided Kayak Tours, your amazing kayak adventure is just a few minutes away from the Franz Josef Glacier.
Our Guided Kayak Eco-Tours operate in the Westland National Park, boasting Lake Mapourika with it’s stunning reflective water, panoramic snow capped mountain views and the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary, a photographers paradise.
‘Kayak Classic’ Adventure last 3 hours and operates both a morning and afternoon tour paddling the stunning reflective waters of Lake Mapourika and the narrow inlets of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary.
The 9am ‘Morning Tour’ offers a crisp and clear time of day when your paddle will glide effortlessly through the surface of the glassy lake and you can enjoy views as far as Mount Cook and Tasman whilst enjoying the peace and serenity of the lake. A perfect adventure for families and inexperienced paddlers alike.
The start time of the ‘Afternoon Tour’ varies depending on season and makes for a more sporty adventure as the afternoon breeze can often ripple the surface. This is West Coast Kayaking at its finest, the clouds can create a moody and dramatic look and at sunset you may capture that ‘perfect’ photo.
‘Kayak & Walk’ lasts approximately 4 hours and this is your chance to explore some of Westland’s oldest untouched rainforests. Our magical rainforest trail takes you on a journey to another era, transporting you through Jurassic rainforest, viewing abundant bird life and also home to the rarest kiwi left on the planet.
We also offer number of ‘Combo Tours’ that include ‘Scenic Flight Combos’, Heli-Hike Paddles’ and Skydive and Kayak Combos’ . Please visit our website for more details.