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Okarito Kayaks

1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
+64 800 652 748
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Terrific Way to Enjoy the Outdoors!

This small boutique Kayak shop has it all together and you can count on them to suit you up with... read more

Reviewed 24 December 2016
Larry F
,
Florence, Oregon
via mobile
Great experience

A chilly day for us rugged Pacific Northwesterners, balmy by Kiwi standards. The proprietor, Baz... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2016
R B
,
Loreto, Mexico
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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 good10%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
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“dry bags” (7 reviews)
“self guided” (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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+64 800 652 748
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Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

This small boutique Kayak shop has it all together and you can count on them to suit you up with excellent equipment and they will instruct you on how to visit several outstanding rivers where there is abundant beautiful flora and many birds. Better enjoyed...More

Thank Larry F
OkaritoKayaks, Kayak launcher at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2017

Larry, thanks for the great review. We have tried to make a real effort to keep a small friendly feel to our place, so it's great for us to hear thats how you saw our kayak shop. Looking after our kayaks and gear is a...More

Reviewed 22 December 2016

A chilly day for us rugged Pacific Northwesterners, balmy by Kiwi standards. The proprietor, Baz, made sure that we were properly outfitted, properly oriented, and that our kayaking skills matched our claims before setting out. A nice paddle to a well marked river entrance and...More

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OkaritoKayaks, Cross-Pacific Kayak Host at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2017

Ha! Thats great!! Love the comments; you guys said you'd have interesting things to say!! Oregonians welcome anytime here (-:

Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

First off, the fantastic coffee and baked goods (even the gluten free was wonderful) made a fine start to our two hour paddle in this beautiful setting touring the lagoon and paddling up a small creek to a waterfall. The staff were extremely helpful with...More

Thank PaddlingDebandJim
OkaritoKayaks, Home-baking quality control tester at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2016

Hey, thanks for the review guys! Glad you enjoyed your visit (and baking) - been a beaut few last days out on the water, so pleased you got to see the lagoon at its best. Enjoy your travels!

Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Stunning part of the country. Beautifully tranquil an amazing place to stay and kayak. Stayed 3 days in Okarito and 3 in Whataroa. Kayak on lagoon is a must, Baz, Gemma and their team will look after you no matter what fitness level or previous...More

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OkaritoKayaks, Kayak guide, barista and general dogsbody at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2016

Thanks Trish!! Great to have you stay here with us, and get out exploring. And listen to all our secrets over coffee ... (-: Hope to see you again

Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

We rented kayaks for a half day paddle. Great help, good equipment and excellent coffee. Try the homemade baking with a a cuppa, very laid back! The trip was very special, the wetlands are a very special place and we managed to see many different...More

Thank Lauren R
OkaritoKayaks, Kayak trail marker maintenance man at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2016

Thanks very much Lauren, really appreciate the time taken to review us - its great for us to hear that your enjoyed the place and your paddle. Been a nice couple of days on the water, thanks for visiting us.

Reviewed 4 December 2016

My husband and I rented kayaks for the afternoon. We had a wonderful time exploring Okarito Lagoon. It was peaceful, beautiful and full of various bird life. We had previous experience kayaking and so were given further areas to explore. We paddled over 4 hours...More

Thank BJsnorkeling
OkaritoKayaks, Okarito Kayak folk at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2016

Stoked you enjoyed your visit and paddle! Neat description of the lagoon; often you don't see anyone else; just you, the birds, the forest and the mountains. Hope you have a great time exploring the rest of the Coast.

Reviewed 3 December 2016

We did a a few hours rental down to the lagoon and down the creek on our own that was just beautiful! Okarito Kayaks gave us all the gear and were very informative, with a detailed talk on navigation around the creek, wildlife and safety....More

Thank Hannah J
OkaritoKayaks, Kayak pusher-out at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2016

Thanks Hannah!! Stoked you guys made time to come out and kayak and were so enthusiastic, good to meet you. Maybe see you down in the Lakes sometime!! Baz

Reviewed 23 November 2016

We had an amazing start to our day. After explaining we were not fully fit Baz set us up for a magical couple of hours kayaking. This is a beautiful place and if you are looking for peace and quiet and a wonderful experience on...More

Thank Charles H
OkaritoKayaks, Kayak guide or barista, depends on the moment at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2016

Charles, pleasure to be able to help you and Susan get out there. Good on you for your sense of adventure!!!! Hope you enjoy some of the other special wee places as you head south. Cheers, Baz!

Reviewed 17 November 2016

I shared this experience with my partner for her birthday. She had never paddled before, but the care and attention given by Baz and Gemma was second to none. They were both professional and attentive to our needs and ensured we felt safe and confident...More

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OkaritoKayaks, Kayak guide at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2016

Hey, thanks Hamish - it was a pleasure to have you and Lisa out with us, Gem and I are stoked you guys enjoyed your time here in Okarito so much. That was a really great trip to share with you that morning, best part...More

Reviewed 25 October 2016

White Heron's, Spoonbills, Shags, Black Swans seen easily. The kayaks were top quality and the lagoon/creeks were easy to navigate. I opted for the self-guided exploration and found the birdlife guide booklet and location area description notes to be very informative. The staff were super...More

Thank 01donala
OkaritoKayaks, Paddle helper at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2016

Hey, thanks for writing about us!!! Glad you enjoyed your paddle on a good windy day, and hope you have a great summer in Franz Josef. Maybe see you out here again. Cheers, Baz.

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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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