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Okarito Boat Tours

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Okarito, New Zealand
About Okarito Boat Tours
Join us on an interpretive tour of the peaceful, pristine environment of the Okarito Lagoon and rainforest waterways. From the wide variety of bird species to the ancient plants of the rainforest, this gentle boat cruise takes you on a personalized tour with a maximum of 12 passengers. From the historic Wharf and beyond where you begin to see the wading birds feeding in the shallows, to the impressive snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps, to the Okarito River itself where you may see trout or salmon rising and hear the flute like call of the bellbird - this nature tour offers up an environment rich in its biodiversity. Explore with us and experience for yourself the true nature of the Okarito Lagoon.
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Ruth D wrote a review 19 Nov
Hoi An, Vietnam76 contributions33 helpful votes
The boat trip was a great way of seeing a larger area of the lagoon and learn from the very knowledgeable skipper. The morning tea and homemade biscuits were an added bonus. We saw a good range of birdlife including white heron, spoonbills, Godwits and black swans.
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Date of experience: November 2021
cfma2000 wrote a review Jun 2021
Melbourne, Australia129 contributions66 helpful votes
Can't begin to describe this amazing day. Well, only that one of our group now wants to move to Okarito! Swade and Paula met us and gave a briefing and then Swade guided us through the wetlands by boat. Birdlife was prolific and Swade added invaluable commentary along the way. Highlights were Kotuku, Spoonbills and Shags. And an excellent home-baked morning tea in a quiet spot on the water. This was followed by lunch and an excellent afternoon walking tour with Cliff. We hope to be back.
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Date of experience: June 2021
Janel P wrote a review Jun 2021
Brooklyn, Australia118 contributions21 helpful votes
Craig took us on a stunning 2 hour trip through the wetlands, finding many birds and explaining the vegetation and history of the area. A lovely morning tea was served. Very knowledgeable and comfortable trip. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: May 2021
Linda L wrote a review Apr 2021
Nelson, New Zealand62 contributions17 helpful votes
We had an amazing trip on the Okarito Lagoon with Okarito Boat Tours - the couple who take you out are so knowledgeable about the area, the wildlife, the pest trapping, the history etc. We saw Spoonbills, Kotuku (white heron) as well as swans, ducks and other water birds. We were lucky that we were there the day after some snow had fallen on the nearby mountains so it was incredibly picturesque yet we were in full sunshine and a beautiful blue sky day. It was an amazing tour and totally worth doing - you gain so much local knowledge and information from the guides.
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Date of experience: April 2021
Kay B wrote a review Mar 2021
Ashburton, New Zealand16 contributions5 helpful votes
Excellent 2 hour eco trip, across the lagoon and into the waterways. Great views of wading birds, white heron and royal spoonbills. Friendly, welcoming guides, Swade and Paula, were very knowledgeable and helpful. At their suggestion I was able to sit in my own wheelchair on the boat, after my husband and our friend lifted me into the boat. The guides provided a warm rug and there were binoculars available to get closer views of the birds. A cuppa and a yummy home made biscuit added to the enjoyment. Thank you very much, Swade and Paula!
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Date of experience: March 2021