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What makes South Island’s Glacier Country Kayak Adventure so magical?

Your Stray tour of South Island can present a unique kayak or stand up paddleboard adventure just minutes from the stunning Franz Josef Glacier. Feel the magic as you settle into your kayak, or hop on your SUP and smoothly glide across Lake Mapourika’s mysterious reflective waters while enjoying the spectacular views of the country.

Here are 6 reasons we think you should do the Glacier Country Kayak adventure when exploring the beautiful South Island of New Zealand:

1. Absolute tranquillity

There’s no splashing about or fighting big currents. Glide smoothly across the magical reflective waters of Lake Mapourika and experience total serenity and calm.

Reflect in the serene tranquillity of Lake Mapourika

2. Unbeatable South Island views

As you sit back in your kayak, soak up the breathtaking panoramic views of snowfields, glaciers and some of the tallest peaks in New Zealand.  On a clear day, see as far as Mt Cook and Mt Tasman, the countries 2 tallest peaks.

Enjoy a magical Glacier Country Kayak tour in South Island

3. See some of Westland’s oldest rainforest

As you paddle across the lake and soak up the spectacular views, you’ll see Westland’s oldest rainforest which spans over 11,000 hectares and is part of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary. This rainforest is the protected home of the rarest kiwi on the planet – the Rowi. How cool is that?!

4. Conservation orientated

Glacier Country Kayaks have a passion for the environment and all their tours are sustainable. Plus, a portion of your trip goes towards the ongoing conservation of the Westland Tai Poutini National Park, so you will be doing your bit for the planet too!

You are helping local conservation on a Glacier Country Kayak tour

5. Get free photos

Do you want that amazing photo to share on Instagram? Glacier Country Kayaks will take those epic shots of you as you paddle your way through the lake, free of cost – how awesome is that? No more selfies – share the bigger picture!

Hands up if you like kayaking in the shadow of Mt Cook!

6. Discover the beauty in more ways than one

There are a bunch of different tours you can do! From Kayaking, stand up paddleboarding or adding on a walk through the rainforest – you choose how you want to discover the beauty of Lake Mapourika and its picturesque surroundings.

You can take a Stand Up Paddleboard tour too


If New Zealand is on your bucket list, there is loads more information here. You can also discover more about the majestic South Island and witness the wonder of this land with a magical Glacier Country Kayak adventure.

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