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“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 great coffee kayaking trip new zealand southern alps my partner carrot cake safety briefing hot drinks flat water off the beaten track bird watching two hours wading birds
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to do the self guided tour and hired a two man kayak for 2 hours. We were provided with a map which had a route to follow and a bird spotting guide. We had a short safety talk and was given an explanation...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank swannythemoose
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a 2 hour private guided tour with Baz on the Okarito lagoon. Baz shared with us his knowledge about New Zealand history, wildlife, ecosystem, nature,... everything! It was so interesting and so enjoyable. If you are looking for a non busy activity with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mario_and_Peach
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a lot of fun on a self guided tour of Okarito lagoon. Okarito Kayaks provided map of recommended tour. Saw lots of birds and some great scenery. Provides hot coffee or tea after tour. Nice finishing touch. Provided some recommendations on Okarito to include...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Marconi524
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank LyndonH61
Reviewed 11 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank stephanie d
Reviewed 9 October 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mikedS7640FQ
Reviewed 8 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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

Date of experience: June 2018
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

Date of experience: June 2018
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

Date of experience: April 2018
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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