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Okarito Kayaks

1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
+64 800 652 748
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Great experience but poorly managed.

This was a wonderful thing to do. We really recommend this experience! We loved the paddeling... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
MikaelJansch
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Ubud, Indonesia
Highly professional

Visited Okarito specifically to go kayaking on the lagoon. The manager, Baz, was very helpful when... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Chris_and_Jean
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Derby, England
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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 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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“self guided” (8 reviews)
“dry bags” (7 reviews)
“white heron” (12 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
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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
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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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Reviewed 6 January 2018

We went out with a guide and were delighted with all the information about what we were experiencing. Kayaking was fun and watching the birds and learning about the unique New Zealand habitat was truly a worthwhile adventure.

Thank Konstandena
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Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

We had a really nice two hours on the water with knowledgable and friendly guide Tash, who showed us flora and fauna and told us a bit about the region’s history. Complementary coffee and tea provided. No regrets!

Thank Patrick B
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Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

Excellently organised kayaking of the salt marshes. Thorough briefing (take close note of instructions), maps and bird guide provided, quality kayaks - a fantastic trip :)

Thank 493Patricia
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

Could not be easier, Okarito Kayaks are right on the corner opposite the lagoon, and being able to enjoy an espresso coffee and cake before or after your trip is just great. Baz and Gemma are leasing the business while the owners are in the...More

Thank onerosenz
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

We were staying two nights in Franz Josef before heading up to Hokitika and were looking for something to do one our drive. So we booked a 2 hour self guided kayak trip with Okarito Kayaks. I used to free-phone number listed on the tourist...More

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Reviewed 3 July 2017

For anyone who appreciates the unspoilt magnificence of South Is. West Coast, and wants to get really close to it, I can't recommend a day out with Okarito kayaks highly enough. Baz and his wife run an experience which is really professional in terms of...More

1  Thank Marge21
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ameliap96
4 January 2017|
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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
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