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Okarito Boat Tours

Closes in 28 min: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Okarito Boat Tours
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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...more
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Hours Today: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Okarito 7856, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4223
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a pleasure to spend the early morning passing through this magnificent lagoon. Today, 16.1.19 we were blessed with calm waters and blue skies. The birds were out in force, commentary was really useful as were the binoculars and the view back up to the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dmaccallum63
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although I could not fault the tour operators - they ran a good boat, knew their birds and provided w commentary and home-baked cookies for morning tea....we were a little disappointed at the distance of the birds from us. It's not the operator's fault -...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 623KimT
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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank smilingbluesky
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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Car0le88
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

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank micthemini
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

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Jan W
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

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Natalie C
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

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank ma s
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.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank John O
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!

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

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Moonah007
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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