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“self guided”(8 reviews)
“white heron”(13 reviews)
“double kayak”(7 reviews)
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
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
+64 800 652 748
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All reviews self guided white heron double kayak franz josef life jackets kayaking trip great coffee off the beaten track half day trip carrot cake safety briefing hot drinks flat water new zealand southern alps my partner bird watching
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great trip - well organised and supported by Baz. Could tailor the experience to any group. Very special part of NZ.

Thank LyndonH61
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looked after really well by Baz and can't wait to go back and do it again! Great spot and wonderful experience.

Thank stephanie d
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Thank Buzz D
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank howie_blackmouse
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Mimi A
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Djhifisi
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

Thank JosephTng
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.

Thank maggiebayfield
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
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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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