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Okarito Kayaks

1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
+64 800 652 748
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A special time close to nature

We had a half day (4 hours) in a double kayak. Baz and Gemma were very helpful and friendly, with... read more

Reviewed 23 April 2017
Sydney, Australia
via mobile
Outstanding personnel at a gorgeous site

We stopped in to check on renting kayaks and seeing the bird life in the lagoon. Baz went beyond... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2017
Syracuse, New York
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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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  • Very good9%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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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 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
Reviewed 5 April 2017

We stopped in to check on renting kayaks and seeing the bird life in the lagoon. Baz went beyond the extra mile to inform of us the opportunity, what we would face, what we might see for the current conditions (low fog, windy, light rain)....More

Thank BountGlen62
Reviewed 3 April 2017

My wife and i did the half day paddle up the lagoon and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The owners are friendly and informative. Everything we needed for the trip was supplied, the kayak was easy to use and the half day trip was just a...More

Thank 67Kezza27
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Take the time to drive to Okarito Village. Do some hiking and kayaking. We arrived a day earlier than our booking trying to re-arrange our schedule so we could accommodate our rescheduled heli hike. Baz could not have been more helpful. While we enjoyed a...More

Thank Golfchief
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Different way to experience Franz Josef. Our family of four had a great time paddling and even saw the rare white heron. Staff careful to schedule you based on tide and weather conditions -- paddling in can be challenging if the wind picks up. Ample...More

Thank 354juner
Reviewed 19 March 2017

As part of New Zealand Trails Heritage Hiking Tour we arrived at Okarito Kayaks for an afternoon adventure. It had been a rainy morning on the drive there and none of us were looking forward to paddling around the Okarito Lagoon. The weather turned for...More

Thank Ric R
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

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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