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Enjoyable morning on the watwe

We had a really nice two hours on the water with knowledgable and friendly guide Tash, who showed... read more

Reviewed 16 December 2017
Patrick B
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
via mobile
Bird watching

Excellently organised kayaking of the salt marshes. Thorough briefing (take close note of... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
493Patricia
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
via mobile
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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” (13 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
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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!

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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

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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

1  Thank jessicamgould
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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