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Great paddling

We had a great safety briefing before we launched. They suggested a skirt, but I declined. Do... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2017
Ron T
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Great kayaking outfit at wonderful location

We were really impressed by Okarito kayaks! Baz (hopefully that's the right spelling!) was really... read more

Reviewed 10 March 2017
NflashG
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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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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“dry bags” (7 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
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+64 800 652 748
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

We had a great safety briefing before we launched. They suggested a skirt, but I declined. Do take one as you will get wet otherwise. The sand flies are pretty vicious on shore, so have repellent. They also have a natural repellent they let you...More

Thank Ron T
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We were really impressed by Okarito kayaks! Baz (hopefully that's the right spelling!) was really friendly and gave us a great introduction to the lagoon and what we might see, as well as carefully going over the routes and the wind/tide conditions so we knew...More

Thank NflashG
Reviewed 18 February 2017

we were part of a 12 person group on a lovely day weather-wise (apparently rare this summer!). The Southern Alps looked beautiful and the lagoon itself peaceful and calm. As first time kayakers, however, the set up and briefing was rushed and we were uncomfortable...More

Thank gm175
OkaritoKayaks, Baz, your kayak setter-upper that day at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2017

Hey, we're very sorry you felt rushed and improperly set up. To adjust your footrests is just a ten second exercise, and I set these up, with you there in the kayak at the time, in a position we find works best for kayakers to...More

Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is an extremely well run small operation. Baz gave us a friendly greeting when we were making our initial enquiries about what was on offer. We opted for the 2 hr self guided trip in double kayaks and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon. The pre-trip...More

Thank robinhbishop
OkaritoKayaks, General everything person at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2017

Thanks Robin!!! Really appreciate the review, and I enjoyed getting you guys out there - glad you had fun; good on you for getting out paddling! Enjoy the rest of your trip. Baz

Reviewed 4 February 2017

We did the three-hour (red) self-guided trail. There were nice bird views in the main lagoon and then there were beautiful and secluded views along the narrow inlets. The directions could be a bit easier to follow, so look at the map carefully before you...More

Thank ChessHiker
OkaritoKayaks, Kayak helper at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2017

Cheers for the review ChessHiker - glad you enjoyed your kayak up the lagoon. There's a range of routes and channels in the lagoon that suit different abilities - we're lucky that much of the lagoon, in most conditions, is suitable for novices and families,...More

Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

We did the overnight kayak hire - exploring the gorgeous okarito lagoon and its channels the first day and then paddling out to our very own camping spot on the wild and stunning west coast. If you are travelling in the South Island, are the...More

Thank John E
OkaritoKayaks, Paddle helper at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2017

Hey, stoked you, Mandy and Kier visited and got out adventuring! Overnighting on the lagoon is a pretty special trip; it's not one we suggest to everyone as you need to be pretty self-sufficient out there but there's few better places in the world to...More

Reviewed 17 January 2017

Okarito Kitchen cafe was lovely and quirky building with interesting toilet! Staff nice, coffee and sausage rolls really good. BUT - the sand flies inside crawling all over the windows inside and outside the building were so horrendous that I would not want to stop...More

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OkaritoKayaks, Manager at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2017

Thanks for the positive comments on the coffee and food guys, nice to hear - but we're pretty disappointed you've commented so negatively on an activity you didn't partake in and don't seem to have a great deal of knowledge about. We're not trying to...More

Reviewed 4 January 2017

I went as part of a group and while the weather was raining, we still enjoyed a lovely 3-4 hour self guided tour. We saw the heron, tuis, and other birds in a peaceful setting. Everyone was helpful and clearly passionate about what they do....More

Thank gtpamlin1
OkaritoKayaks, Paddle helper at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2017

Some great West Cast weather then!!! Hey, good on you for getting out and exploring regardless of the weather - we reckon if you tog up in rainjackets then you're invincible anyway; the rainforest channels you paddle up need that rain too!! There's a beautiful...More

Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

We went on a morning half day paddle, self-guided though a couple other boats did go out at the same time. It was great to be able to follow our own little hearts and explore down some rivers and through some marshes, without needing to...More

Thank julie_ar
OkaritoKayaks, Kayak guide, barista, gardener, baking taster etc at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2017

Julie, hey, thanks for the great review of us!! Busy time of year here mid summer so we're stoked you guys got some space to yourselves out in the waterways, and that you got to see the Spoonbills out there! Glad you enjoyed your trip,...More

Reviewed 29 December 2016

The whole package of kayak hire, high quality equipment, excellent safety briefing and trip plan was just fantastic. Really impressed with the passion and commitment of Baz and Gema to quality experiecne and safety.More

Thank Di D
OkaritoKayaks, Chief kayak washer (and route briefer) at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2017

Di, thanks for the review - sorry I didn't get much time to catch up with you, Mark and the family, but Gem and I are stoked you came through for a paddle and got to see the backyard! We're pretty lucky here in South...More

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ameliap96
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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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