Upper South Island and the West Coast Places


Westland National Park

Kayaking and Rafting

Glacier Country Kayaks. Lake Mapourika, a (usually) mirror-still glacial lake reflecting its rainforest and mountain surrounds, is five minutes' drive from Franz Josef township. Glacier Country Kayaks leads three-hour trips on the lake, misty morning or evening sunset paddles are recommended. This is a cool trip, even if it's raining (and often it's not raining here even though it's in the township). You'll nose your kayak into an estuary that backs onto protected forest where Okarito Rowi kiwi live—on an evening paddle you might hear them calling. Quality kayaks and and gear are provided; you can meet your guides at the lake or in town. Reservations essential. The best views are likely to be in winter, when the weather is clearer and calmer. 03/752–0230; 0800/423–262 (South Island only). . www.glacierkayaks.com.

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