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Sunday, 24 April 2005

This afternoon, I am going to kayak on Lake Mapourika at Franz Josef for a 2.30 hour sunset cruise with Fergs Kayak.

Kayak on Lake Mapourika Kayak Group and guide

Usually, the wind rises in the afternoon and the best time to go kayaking is in the morning. But this time I am lucky and the lake is mirror like. We first cruise slowly across the lake to a secluded bay.

Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers and Mt Cook reflected on Lake Mapourika Reflected Trees at sunset

Our Maori guide takes pictures of us with the mountain in the background.

Kayaking Lake Mapourika Kayak, Glaciers and Mt Cook

Note that they give you the CD of the high resolution digital pictures taken during the cruise and this is free. Many thanks!

The lake colour is particularly dark. This is the result of decomposed trees and vegetation.

Red water of Lake Mapourika, NZ

Our guide tells us that the water is drinkable and it actually tastes great!
We then cruise to another bay. The combination of the sun, shadows, foam, trees and mirror lake create a magical scenery.

Lake Mapourika at sunset Fog on Lake Mapourika

We then enter a flat river with no almost no current and start to explore the gorgeous area.

River Plants reflected on river

After a kilometre or so, we turn back and leave enough space between each other and I have the river scenery for me alone! The river has a mirror like surface and reflects the vegetation and trees.

Kayaking the river Kayak, NZ

Bird flying, Franz Josef, NZ Rare birds on tree

Our guide waits for us at the end of the river for a sunset picture.

Mt Cook and Glacier reflected on Lake Mapourika Kayak group on lake Mapourika

We then cruise back to the other side of the lake. The sun is slowly getting down behind a distant hill and the colours of Mt Cook and the surrounding clouds starts to turn to a beautiful red shade.

This kayak cruise was very relaxing and I enjoyed it very much!

Mt Cook sunset Mt Cook sunset from Lake Mapourika

But what is even more relaxing is to soak in my accommodation hot spa.
Wahoo! What a great day here at Franz Josef!

Kayak on shore of lake Mapourika red flower of New Zealand


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