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Okarito Kayaks

1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
+64 800 652 748
Review Highlights
Arrived 15 mins after last hiring time, but Gemma allowed us to take a 2 seater kayak out for 2 hrs

Dropped in opportunistically and found it had just closed. We had cold drinks and cake and then... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Timothy B
Poole, United Kingdom
Awesome experience run by a couple Kiwi legends

The lagoon was stunning - glassy as, with birdlife all around us. We arrived a little early which... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Natalie R
Queenstown, New Zealand
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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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  • Average2%
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“self guided” (8 reviews)
“dry bags” (7 reviews)
“white heron” (12 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
+64 800 652 748
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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
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
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

1  Thank jessicamgould
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
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Well, all you Kiwi folk out there that want to do something very special right on your back door, come check this out. We lined up a good weather forecast and this activity did not disappoint. A family of 4 with 2 teenage daughters headed...More

Thank Angus899
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

We had a half day (4 hours) in a double kayak. Baz and Gemma were very helpful and friendly, with expert local knowledge of the lagoon and tides, maps, life jackets and great gear. It was so peaceful on the water and we could get...More

Thank rebeccadiver
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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