|My kayak glacier and walk experience by Lieselot Brauwer - @worldisacircus, blogger.|
Kayaking in New Zealand is a unique experience. You’re on a beautiful lake, surrounded by mountains and enjoying nature. I wanted to experience this, so I decided to go kayaking at the New Zealand West Coast.
| There was I, ready and all geared up to break those reflections. I was a bit wary when we slid into the water, because it had been a while and my kayak partner had never done this before. After a few seconds we realised we were not going to capsize. Yay!|
I appreciated that the activity was in a small group. We were only with four people plus guide, who makes such a difference.
Our guide was Zak, a happy 25-year-old English chap with awesome hair, which had a life on its own. It was his birthday, but that didn’t change much for him. He was all-in for this tour.
Because I chose the morning kayak activity the lake was still and the reflections were going on.
| We kayaked an hour; then docked on land at the Okarito Forest. We did a little walk through the bush, which is home to the native kiwi bird! I was very impressed by Zak’s knowledge of plants. He gave tons of information. Don’t be surprised if he asks you to eat some plants!|
Zak also shared a Maori legend and told us that Lake Mapourika means ‘Flower of the Dawn’. It has been named after a Maori chief’s daughter, because she was very pretty, and the lake was prettiest in the morning.
After our walk and a cup of tea we went back on the water.
The entire trip you are surrounded by mountains and forest. The weather was nice and I just didn’t want to go back on shore. Time goes too fast when you’re having fun!
Franz Josef Kayak and Rainforest Tour