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Amazing experience

We had a great tour led by a amazing guide - Tass. The lagoon has mixed water from both the sea and... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2018
Mimi A
Hong Kong, China
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Great time even in winter

My wife and I took a double kayak out last week (late June so NZ winter) with our three year old... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2018
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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
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
+64 800 652 748
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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

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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
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
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
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
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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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