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Okarito Kayaks

1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
+64 800 652 748
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Lovely place, lovely people

This is an amazing spot and we had a great time kayaking the lagoon. The staff were very friendly... read more

Reviewed 13 January 2016
Jake T
,
Queenstown, New Zealand
via mobile
Beautiful views

Spent a wonderful few hours paddling on the lagoon and its tributaries. Birds were abundant and the... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2016
Jaime Z
,
Norfolk, Virginia
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22 Apr 2017
“A special time close to nature”
5 Apr 2017
“Outstanding personnel at a gorgeous site”
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 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 review

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 review

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 review

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 review

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 review

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 review

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 review

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 (-:

Reviewed 31 March 2015

Spent a morning paddling the Okarito Lagoon on a half day self-guided tour ($60 NZD/person). It's a shallow area in which almost everyone got caught in mud or on stones. (Get out and push the kayak.) The scenery is mostly marshland with areas of rainforest....More

1  Thank krawner
BazHughes, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this review

Ah, you must have got low tide in the lagoon!!! Higher tides or recent rainfall means the water level is higher and easy gliding kayaking; you must have got the adventure trip then! Good on you for enjoying it and getting out in the rain...More

Reviewed 31 March 2015

Although Okarito is away off the main highway 6 north of Franz Joseph it is well worth making the 14 kilometre detour along Forks-Okarito Road to this charming little village. at the far end of the village is a small car park and foot path...More

2  Thank Ron P
BazHughes, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this review

Thank you Ron; good detailed review of some of things you can do in Okarito - a little off the beaten track but thats part of the charm. Beautiful beach walks here too, and hikes up into the National Park forest overlooking the village -...More

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ameliap96
Do I need to book in advance?
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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