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Okarito Kayaks

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Okarito, New Zealand
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About Okarito Kayaks
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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Ruth D wrote a review 19 Nov
Hoi An, Vietnam76 contributions33 helpful votes
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A 2 hour self- guided kayak was a great way of seeing the lagoon. Gemma's efficiency, knowledge of the area and excellent homemade icecream made for a memorable afternoon.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Grace wrote a review Oct 2021
Queenstown, New Zealand2 contributions
This was a great activity to do that is off the beaten track and combines the ocean and mountain elements. Okarito Lagoon is quite isolated, and has a different climate from Franz Josef, so for us it was a good rainy day activity, especially because you have the flexibility to paddle the time & speed that is best suited to you. Baz & Gemma have an awesome set up, they are really helpful and informative, and the all the gear - kayaks, paddles, spray-skirts & lifejackets - were all good quality and in very good condition. Hopefully will come back on a clearer day to enjoy the beautiful Southern Alps views!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from OkaritoKayaks, Kayak guide, barista, local knowledger, cleaner, gardnerer etc ... you name it, we do it. at Okarito Kayaks
Responded 16 Oct 2021
Hey Grace - awesome, thanks heaps for taking the time to write a detailed (and glowing!) review. Really appreciated. Glad you enjoyed our paddling the lagoon; worth it even in the wet, especially in those sheltered river channels. Enjoy the new life down south!! Cheers, Baz
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John Welch wrote a review Sep 2021
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions
We stayed at Code Time Lodge, a short walk away. My wife and I were in a double kayak with spray skirts so it was very comfortable. The trip is tide dependent so booking times reflect this. The scenery was superb and we paddled up one creek as far as the road bridge. Our Guide identified the call of a Fernbird. These are relatively rare and I have never seen one so this was exciting. Our Guide used to work for DOC so was very knowlegeable about NZ's flora and fauna. We saw one Kotuku in breeding plumage.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from OkaritoKayaks, Kayak guide, barista, local knowledger, cleaner, gardnerer etc ... you name it, we do it. at Okarito Kayaks
Responded 16 Oct 2021
Thanks very much guys, for the detailed and positive review. We're pretty lucky to have such a wonderful natural environment here - away from the highway, peaceful and quiet, great bird habitat. Hard not be passionate and connected to the environment here. Glad you both enjoyed the experience. Thanks again - Baz
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Karen Logan wrote a review Apr 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand81 contributions10 helpful votes
Okarito is a very special little place and we were so lucky to be able to explore the lagoon by kayak and get up close to the native bush and birds. Friendly kiwi service from Baz and Gemma. We wish them all the best in these tough tourism times.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Response from OkaritoKayaks, Kayak guide, barista, local knowledger, cleaner, gardnerer etc ... you name it, we do it. at Okarito Kayaks
Responded 10 Jun 2021
Hey, thanks Antony - appreciate the good wishes, and the review. We'll still be kayaking on the lagoon here ten years from now; will look after the place for everyone til then. Cheers for supporting us, and really glad you enjoyed our backyard.
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Meander83868 wrote a review Apr 2021
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The lagoon is a really special place in the most beautiful part of the country. Going by kayak means you can get really close to the rare and wonderful white herons. Baz and Gem are amazing and I can't recommend the trip highly enough.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from OkaritoKayaks, Kayak guide, barista, local knowledger, cleaner, gardnerer etc ... you name it, we do it. at Okarito Kayaks
Responded 10 Jun 2021
Awesome, thanks heaps Mo! Reckon we're pretty lucky to be here and have this place, and for everyone to be able to see it. Cheers for all the support! Baz
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