If you want to get out and see NZ from a different perspective, there's no better way than kayaking. No previous experience is necessary (but it does help) to go out on the lake on a guided tour for a morning or an afternoon. The lake is rainwater fed and whilst your minutes from Franz Josef and it's famous Galcier the water can often be in the mid-teens (Celcius not Farenheit!) and is much clearer than the cloudy blue glacial lakes found elsewhere.
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