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Okarito Kayaks

1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
+64 800 652 748
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Good place for kayaking - and excellent coffee.

We were with friends who live in NZ so we were fortunate to learn about Okarito and delighted to... read more

Reviewed 11 February 2016
Grant D
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Sydney, Australia
Nice food but

Great food and location but a most disappointing attitude from the cafe staff. Tried talking about... read more

Reviewed 7 February 2016
Pete S
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 February 2016

We were with friends who live in NZ so we were fortunate to learn about Okarito and delighted to visit. The Nature Tours office is also a cafe which serves excellent coffee and cake. They are opportunities to go kayaking unsupervised or with a guide....More

Thank Grant D
BazHughes, Kayaker, cleaner, coffe maker ..... at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2016

Thanks for your feedback Grant, glad you enjoyed your coffee! C4 roast and supply our coffee, they have a great cafe in Tuam St, Christchurch, if you get to visit. Caffeine helps us paddle ... (-:

Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

Great food and location but a most disappointing attitude from the cafe staff. Tried talking about the locality and got a brusque response. Would have gone elsewhere had we known.More

Thank Pete S
BazHughes, Kayaking, cleaning, coffee making but not the baker at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2016

Hi Pete - hey, real sorry! All of us here try to be approachable and talk to visitors about the place we live and work in. We're quite proud of our wee town and area, and a lot of visitors who come into our kayak...More

Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

This is an amazing spot and we had a great time kayaking the lagoon. The staff were very friendly and helpful, even though we were running a bit late. Awesome!

Thank Jake T
BazHughes, Kayaking barista at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2016

Thanks Jake, stoked you enjoyed the place!! Hey, we have our own days we run late too ... (-:

Reviewed 11 January 2016 via mobile

Spent a wonderful few hours paddling on the lagoon and its tributaries. Birds were abundant and the views of Mt. Tasman and Mt. Cook were spectacular. We were given instruction in where to go and then left on our own to explore, for as long...More

Thank Jaime Z
BazHughes, Bit of everything here at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2016

Jaime, thanks so much for your review - we've had great holiday season weather, really pleased you guys got such a spectacular day out there and enjoyed the peace and quiet on the lagoon. Thanks for coming to visit us, enjoy the rest of your...More

Reviewed 10 January 2016 via mobile

Spent several hours kayaking under a gorgeous blue sky to start 2016. Enjoyed the staff and coffee as well as the snow covered peaks and herons. Thanks!

Thank jtmh89
BazHughes, Sometimes barista, sometimes paddler. at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2016

You're very welcome; thanks for reviewing us, and for your comments on our team and caffeine! Hope the rest of your year is as good! Thanks - Baz

Reviewed 7 January 2016

We were supposed to do hikes on that day but the weather wasn't that good. So we opted to do kayaking instead and we found Okarito Nature Tours and did not regret it. Mel and the other lady (so sorry I forgot her name) we're...More

Thank missseunice
BazHughes, Kayaking helpers at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2016

Cheers guys - glad you enjoyed your kayak, and the birds, and the peace and quiet in the river channels. Enjoy the rest of your trip around the South, thanks for coming to see us!

Reviewed 6 January 2016

Two days ago we had the most awesome experience with Okarito nature tours in every sense. I cannot speak highly enough about Gemma who looked after us all so well, we hired two double kayaks for myself, my husband and two children aged 9 and...More

Thank Karenza H
BazHughes, Kayaker, barista and host at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2016

Thanks Karenza, I am glad you guys had such a great time out there. We look forward to having you guys back up for an overnight trip in the future. Cheers Gemma

Reviewed 1 January 2016

This is our second time hiring a kayak from Okarito Nature Tours and spending a couple of magical hours on the lagoon in the company of white herons, oyster catchers and many other species of birds. First time it was raining heavily and it was...More

Thank Hila5
BazHughes, Kayakers, baristas, bakers and hosts! at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2016

Thank you very much for taking the time to review us! Mel is stoked with your comments, really nice for her to hear you enjoyed the place so much, and it makes us feel great that you've enjoyed Okarito enough to return again. You're welcome...More

Reviewed 29 November 2015 via mobile

Remote, peaceful & some of the best photo opportunities on the west coast. The bird life was amazing - the rare Great White Heron! and we were fortunate to experience a very personalized tour. Thanks!

Thank RichieJ82
Reviewed 23 November 2015

My husband and I decided on a whim to veer off the main road on our way from Queenstown to Franz Josef Village, and check out Okarito. The drive was pleasant, and when we reached Okarito, a sign offering coffee beckoned us into the Okarito...More

2  Thank lcjjmama
BazHughes, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2015

Thank you very much for your review of us - really makes us feel good about what we can offer visitors, and Gemma is stoked to see your comments, so thanks for taking the time!! Best decisions are made on a whim we reckon (-:

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ameliap96
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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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