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Okarito Kayaks

1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
+64 800 652 748
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Stunning kayak experience

This was one of the highlights of our two week adventure tour round New Zealand. The scenery is... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2016
beanteacher
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London, United Kingdom
Great Kayaking Experience with the Family

Don't be deceived by this small, casual-looking business in it's remote location. It is run very... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2016
Michelle C
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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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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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

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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

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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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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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Reviewed 24 February 2016

If you like the nature or you're just after a good coffee this is the place to go! Okarito is cute, little town and half day kayaking tour is the best way to explore this lagoon full of native birds, amazing trees and stunning views...More

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BazHughes, Carrot cake quality controller at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2016

Hi Lejla - thanks heaps, Gem will be stoked with your comments! I work hard at sampling her baking to ensure our quality remains high too (-: Glad you enjoyed our place, you're welcome back anytime ... Baz

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Reviewed 22 February 2016

The office for the kayaking is also a nice cafe with the best coffee for miles around - OK, it is the only place serving coffee. Friendly staff, a selection of cakes and cookies, and damn good coffee, what more do you need as you...More

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BazHughes, Kayak cleaner, barista, guide ... at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2016

C4 coffee, Christchurch if you need to find a fix anywhere else. And thanks for the compliments! We work really hard to give the best tasting caffeine we can, and are lucky to have this stunning lagoon to kayak on ... Baz

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Reviewed 18 February 2016

I don't get to the West Coast of New Zealand very often, but when I have, I've always missed out on seeing Okarito. As a keen photographer and nature lover, I decided this holiday the kayaking trip on the Okarito Lagoon was top of the...More

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BazHughes, Bit of everything here ... at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2016

Hey, beautiful review! We're glad you got so much out of the trip, we feel very lucky to be able to live and kayak here, so neat for us when others appreciate it so much. Waking up to another morning just like you experienced here...More

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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

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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 ... (-:

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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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