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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...more
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I’ve been here a few times before. I used to live up the road at Rapahoe, I have now lived in Australia the last 15 years.
I knew when I came back to NZ I had to show my partner (Sydney born and bred) this...More
This was my second visit to Okarito this year and a paddle on the lagoon is a MUST if visiting the West Coast. Baz's briefing was thorough, but not excessive, and we were kitted out and on the water within 15 minutes of arriving. The...More
We had a great tour led by a amazing guide - Tass. The lagoon has mixed water from both the sea and glacier which makes it so special. View of the lagoon itself was nice and it was even better viewing the glaciers on a...More
My wife and I took a double kayak out last week (late June so NZ winter) with our three year old son in the hatch between us. Had a prefect afternoon, was warm with no wind. Our son got a little bored but said when...More
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
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.
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
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
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
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 best, as we can advise on tidal flows and height for you to get the most out of your paddle. For guided trips, it's definitely best to book in advance - we're a small personal company, we'd need to make sure we have one of us available to head out kayaking on the lagoon with you. Hope that helps.