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Okarito Kayaks

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1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
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Great outfitters!

We went on a morning half day paddle, self-guided though a couple other boats did go out at the... read more

Reviewed 1 January 2017
julie_ar
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Great experience amazing place

The whole package of kayak hire, high quality equipment, excellent safety briefing and trip plan... read more

Reviewed 29 December 2016
Di D
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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 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

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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

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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
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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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Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

We took a half-day kayak and it was amazing. The weather was sunny - took a suncream! It is really recommended :) Staff was very friendly and helpful, we enjoyed this activity!More

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OkaritoKayaks, Kayak hire launcher at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2017

Hi Marko - glad you enjoyed your visit, and kayak, and obviously, good weather! We're lucky out here on the edge of the coast that we get much better weather than inland. Hope you enjoy the rest of your travels through NZ; cheers for visiting...More

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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
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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

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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 (-:

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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

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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!

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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

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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
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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.

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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

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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.

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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
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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

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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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