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Okarito Kayaks

1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
+64 800 652 748
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An amazing place to paddle and explore the new zealand native flora and fauna

I shared this experience with my partner for her birthday. She had never paddled before, but the... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2016
Skydognz
Stunning area! Birdlife everywhere, beautiful views, quality kayaks and friendly staff.

White Heron's, Spoonbills, Shags, Black Swans seen easily. The kayaks were top quality and the... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2016
01donala
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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” (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 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

Thank Skydognz
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.

Reviewed 21 October 2016

This is just the coolest place to paddle. Fabulous bird life and most exciting salt marshes to explore and get lost in! No matter what the weather, it is stunningly gorgeous. Great people in the kayaking place, gave us lots of great advice, lent us...More

Thank Fiona D
OkaritoKayaks, Paddle helper at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2016

Great guys, thanks for writing about us! Okarito Lagoon is a pretty special environment, we're happy to help fellow kayakers get out and explore. Glad you enjoyed the place so much (and the coffee)!

Reviewed 16 October 2016

My partner and I had a great 4 hour kayak together on the lagoon and investigated all the waterways. The kits is in great condition and Gemma did a great job of running us over the birds and wildlife and where we needed to go....More

Thank 8brownbear8
OkaritoKayaks, Paddle helper at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2016

Sounds like a good day (-: thanks for taking the time to write about us, and to visit. Cookies are always a highlight!

Reviewed 1 August 2016

This was one of the highlights of our two week adventure tour round New Zealand. The scenery is absolutely stunning with views of Mount Cook over the lagoon. I was a little apprehensive before the trip but safety talks are given at the beginning and...More

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

Hey, that's a great review!!! Sorry it's taken us so long to respond - Mel has been away, but on her behalf, it's great to hear you enjoyed your paddle so much, especially as a first-timer. Winter kayaking on Okarito Lagoon can be absolutely stunning,...More

Reviewed 27 April 2016

Don't be deceived by this small, casual-looking business in it's remote location. It is run very professionally and Baz and Gemma both went out of their way to ensure our time with them was safe and enjoyable. We booked a 2-hour trip but before we...More

Thank Michelle C
OkaritoKayaks, Kayak scrubber, milk frother, coffee grinder at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2016

Hey, thanks Michelle - nice review! One of the most rewarding parts of our work is getting kids and families out exploring on the lagoon. Glad you all enjoyed your paddle out here, and the hot chocolates on return (-: Cheers, Baz

Reviewed 9 April 2016

Ridiculous to set off across the water in the pouring rain? Could have been but as it turned out, half way through our kayaking trip the sky turned bright blue and in the distance was snow-capped Mt Cook. What a spectacle! The kayaking guides were...More

Thank Margaret M
OkaritoKayaks, Paddler at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2016

Hey Margaret - hey, good on ya for getting out there in such good spirits;oldies or not! We remember that day on the lagoon pretty well, great coming back out of the beautiful Tidal Creek on that trip eh?! Glad you enjoyed the place so...More

Reviewed 28 March 2016

Booked the trip with Barry and he provided all the local knowledge and confidence of a professional kayak guide.the kayaks were good with dry bags provided.we booked for 4 hrs and ended up doing 3 1/2 hrs ,that's with two kids 9 and 11. This...More

Thank Steven M
OkaritoKayaks, Paddler at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2016

Steve, thanks for the review - great to get you and the family out there, it's one of the most rewarding parts of our wee business to see kids getting out and exploring, so we're stoked to have had you guys visit. Hopefully see you...More

Reviewed 16 March 2016

This company are awesome! Contacted by email, responded straight away! We took self kayak on the lagoon great safety talk, good map with info to check out on our route! The views were stunning! Actually saw Mount Cook too despite a bit if cloud! Lots...More

Thank Lindy A
OkaritoKayaks, Paddler at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2016

Awesome you enjoyed your kayaking so much - yeah, we're a bit off the beaten track here but that gives you that peaceful experience on the water that you enjoyed, so good on ya for getting out here and finding us. Thanks for taking the...More

Reviewed 8 March 2016

If you are confident on water this is a great way of seeing the nature on the lagoon. Good boats, excellent guide. Really intersting location with lots of information and a little exercise thrown in. Excellent cake as well.

Thank Chris B
BazHughes, Kayak guide and pusher outter at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2016

Cheers Chris, glad you enjoyed your paddle with us. Guiding kayak trips is the best part of our work here for us; it's neat for us when our kayakers get so much out of their experience here. Agree on the cake too ...! Thanks, 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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