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Baz is very passionate about what he does - making for an excellent and in-depth paddle-and-learn

To be honest, we did this experience as the weather prevented us from doing a skydive at Franz... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2018
JosephTng
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Singapore, Singapore
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Wonderful Morning

I definitely recommend renting kayaks here. The weather on the West Coast is so changeable but it... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2018
Rhiannon D
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Denver, Colorado
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Kayaking on Okarito Lagoon, New Zealand's largest unmodified coastal wetland. Guided tours and freedom rental. Excellent birdwatching and amazing mountain views. Paddle through the Okarito River Delta that leads deep into the rainforest.Our kayaks are safe, stable sea kayaks. Prior experience is not necessary and full instruction is given.Okarito is a quaint coastal village backdropped by the Southern Alps, only 20 minutes drive from Franz Josef Glacier, and has the best coffee in town!
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“self guided” (8 reviews)
“dry bags” (7 reviews)
“white heron” (13 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

To be honest, we did this experience as the weather prevented us from doing a skydive at Franz Josef. However, this alternate experience turned out to be a great learning experience, good workout and great opportunity for quiet, pristine views of native birds, as well...More

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Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

I definitely recommend renting kayaks here. The weather on the West Coast is so changeable but it seems getting out early on the lagoon is best (depending on the tides). The lagoon is so peaceful, amazing bird life and views of the mountains. The staff...More

Thank Rhiannon D
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Okarito kayaks have great clean kayaks and gear, friendly staff, good knowledge of the lagoon and where to go. Overall a definite highlight of Easter - went out twice it was so good. Saw lots of birds in an idyllic setting.

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

We rented a double kayak from Okarito Kayaks and were very impressed with the service and quality of the paddling gear. Obviously this is an experienced operator- we were given a thorough map briefing and safety briefing. Despite being flat water the paddling conditions can...More

Thank tpayne1959
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

What a great family-run and family friendly business. I have no hesitation in highly recommending them to others heading south from Hokitika. Good gear, great instructions from caring members of staff...and what an incredible place to build confidence in being out on the open water...More

Thank BirdsongHokitikaYHA
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

This was a wonderful thing to do. We really recommend this experience! We loved the paddeling, birdwatching and the rainforest. What we didn´t like, was the management and security measures, as there were none... If something happens, don´t expect to be rescued. The wind started...More

Thank MikaelJansch
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Reviewed 20 January 2018

Visited Okarito specifically to go kayaking on the lagoon. The manager, Baz, was very helpful when I emailed him in advance and gave me details of tide times (as he does with all hirers whenever he can) so that I could plan accordingly and get...More

Thank Chris_and_Jean
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

Dropped in opportunistically and found it had just closed. We had cold drinks and cake and then asked about kayaks. Gemma said we could take one out, the tide was favourable, and the weather kind, so we enjoyed 1.3/4 hrs paddling around the edge of...More

Thank Timothy B
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

The lagoon was stunning - glassy as, with birdlife all around us. We arrived a little early which gave us a few extra minutes to follow the waterways inland and experience the most jaw-dropping stillness of gliding beneath tui birdsong and kereru, with a backdrop...More

Thank Natalie R
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

We went out with a guide and were delighted with all the information about what we were experiencing. Kayaking was fun and watching the birds and learning about the unique New Zealand habitat was truly a worthwhile adventure.

Thank Konstandena
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ameliap96
4 January 2017|
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Response from OkaritoKayaks | Property representative |
Thanks to all above who responded. You're all on the money! There's the odd day where we might be fully booked in summer - we usually have kayaks available for freedom rental, but enquiring in advance for a specific day is... More
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