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Okarito Boat Tours

The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
+64 3-753 4223
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A wonderful time on the Water

We had a lovely morning out on the water with some friends kids. The whole trip carters for all... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2017
Moonah007
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Auckland, New Zealand
Exploring the Okarito lagoon

We had a wonderful morning with Swade, our guide and boatman for a tour of the lagoon. This is a... read more

Reviewed 10 May 2017
Alikiwifruit
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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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 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
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

Thank Alikiwifruit
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

Thank donnyMiltonKeynes
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

Reviewed 14 March 2017

We had an awesome experience, the guide was very knowledgable and it was obvious that he sincerely cared about the lagoon and surrounding area. It rained a bit, but that didn't damper our trip. The cuppa and cookie break was a bonus. The office staff...More

Thank Pamsga
Reviewed 25 February 2017

This would have been a fabulous wildlife/nature tour; the operator was informative and the boat was travelling along at a nice rate so it was peaceful out on the lagoon but the rain came down and we had to turn back cutting our tour short...More

Thank Kim S
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Fascinating Lagoon tour, with an extremely knowledgeable guide. We saw many different birds, including a Heron against a backdrop of snow capped mountains. We even had a coffee and biscuit break. Wonderful experience!

Thank jerrycr2017
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We had a great trip on the lagoon with an interesting and informative commentary from our guide. Really enjoyed it!!

Thank Mike H
Okarito, Owner at Okarito Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2017

Thank you - it was a pleasure to have you out with us in Okarito!

Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

We were lucky enough to be the only two in the tour. Stunning scenery made even more special by a knowledgeable guide.

Thank Catherine D
Okarito, Owner at Okarito Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2017

Thank you Catherine - great to have you and so pleased you enjoyed Swade's information and the scenery! Okarito is a magic spot!

Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

This is a great tour , do the longer one and enjoy a coffee from boat pilot whilst on the lagoon . We saw lots of bird life- Kotuku , pied shag, Tui, godwits and oystercatchers Worth getting up for and if it's clear you...More

Thank Carolmh95
Okarito, Owner at Okarito Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2017

Thank you for your review and comments - the 9 AM and 11:30 EcoTours offer a hot drink - our little morning tea spot up in the rainforest is often frequented by a great white heron and tui's and bellbirds often serenade in the trees...More

Reviewed 25 November 2016

Took the early morning tour in marginal weather but worth every minute. The scenery is amazing, a wide variety of birds spotted and we got a better understanding of the habitat. This is an amazing estuary to explore. Highly recommended.

Thank OkuraLass
Okarito, Owner at Okarito Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2017

Thank you for your review - much appreciated! and amazing how sometimes those overcast wet mornings reward the tenacious traveler! well done for persevering in less than ideal conditions - the birds never seem to mind the rain!

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Patricia N
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Response from Alikiwifruit | Reviewed this property |
I have no experience of any other boat tours in Okarito, but perhaps you mean the Kotuku Sanctuary tours which are run out of Whataroa which is about 10 kms north of Okarito. They are the only ones who have a permit to enter... More
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