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Okarito Boat Tours

The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
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No frills but great trip!

Small, basic boat but run by lovely couple who are knowledgeable and passionate about the lagoon... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2018
smilingbluesky
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Broxbourne, United Kingdom
via mobile
An amazing trip!

We have just been staying in Cedar Cottage in Okarito and a boat trip on the lagoon was included... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
Car0le88
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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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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The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Small, basic boat but run by lovely couple who are knowledgeable and passionate about the lagoon and the birdlife that it supports. Flat bottom boat which gets close to a great array of wetland birds but which can also go up the rivers joining the...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

We have just been staying in Cedar Cottage in Okarito and a boat trip on the lagoon was included. We aren't bird spotters at all but what a lot we saw! It was raining when we started out but soon dried up, and Swade took...More

Thank Car0le88
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

We loved this boat trip. It was the perfect antidote to our disappointing helicopter flight the day before, and peaceful too. Swade is extremely knowledgeable about the birdlife on the lagoon and also about the ecology of the area. It was lovely seeing so many...More

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Reviewed 21 February 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this two hour trip on the Lagoon. It was so quiet & peaceful. Swade was superb with his knowledge of the area and bird life. We did the 9am trip and were lucky enough to see a wide range of bird life including...More

Thank Jan W
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Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed all the time having the boat tour in this beautiful lagoon area. It's also a wonderful experience to have bird watching in this way. We saw many different types of birds, plants (even the Manuka trees), and the staff was so nice to...More

Thank Natalie C
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Reviewed 20 January 2018

Went early to Okarito to book a trip, but because no others had booked a trip for the afternoon, we've got a private tour for two. We leared a lot of the birds and this area. We are very thankful for thiis private tour, we...More

Thank ma s
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

We have done many nature tours in New Zealand and this is one of the best. The personable guide, Swade, is extremely knowledgeable about the local birdlife. This part of New Zealand is stunningly beautiful and no better way to spend a couple hours.

Thank John O
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Okarito, Owner at Okarito Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2018

Thank you John for your comments and so pleased you enjoyed your time with us here in Okarito!

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Reviewed 13 July 2017

We had a lovely morning out on the water with some friends kids. The whole trip carters for all ages. The guide is very knowledgeable about the wild life and the area, pointing out glaciers yo can only see from there. Would do this trip...More

Thank Moonah007
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Reviewed 10 May 2017

We had a wonderful morning with Swade, our guide and boatman for a tour of the lagoon. This is a stunningly beautiful place with heritage protection, and it was great to have such a knowledgeable guide to explain the sustainable management of this area as...More

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Reviewed 4 April 2017

We booked this the night before on the spur of the moment (the joy of the internet). We didn't really know what to expect. We arrived for the 9am trip to find we were the only customers, so Swade gave us a personal 2 hour...More

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Okarito, Owner at Okarito Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

HI and thank you for coming along on an impromptu experience - sometimes they are the best aren't they?! We do advise just checking before you come out by giving us a call or email or check availability online (as you did!) - we never...More

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Patricia N
23 July 2017|
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Response from Okarito | Property representative |
HI Patricia, Sorry we did not see this question much earlier - not sure why we did not get a notification for it...however! Assuming you are perhaps questioning the Early Bird Tour and the EcoTour? we actually prefer to go... More
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