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Okarito Kayaks

1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
+64 800 652 748
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Okie dokie okarito

Spent a morning paddling the Okarito Lagoon on a half day self-guided tour ($60 NZD/person). It's... read more

Reviewed 31 March 2015
krawner
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Chicago, Illinois
A great adventure

Although Okarito is away off the main highway 6 north of Franz Joseph it is well worth making the... read more

Reviewed 31 March 2015
Ron P
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Greenfield, United Kingdom
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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 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 reviewResponded 11 June 2015

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 reviewResponded 11 June 2015

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

Reviewed 25 March 2015

We highly recommend Okarito Nature Tours. We hired two two-seater kayaks for our children (8 and 10) and us. Eventhough we had bad luck with the weather (pouring rain almost all the time during our half day trip), we really enjoyed the trip and the...More

1  Thank 2015_180Tage
BazHughes, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2015

Thanks guys!! Sorry you got a rainy day - not many this summer, but glad it was such a cool adventure for the kids!! see you in the sun next time, thanks for taking the time to post a review! Cheers, Baz

Reviewed 6 March 2015

Okarito is a small village, 13km off the main highway - 25 min north of Franz Josef. Okarito Nature Tours was part of a bigger tour with Active Adventures. We kayaked with Okarito Nature Tours for a 1/2 day in the morning. The scenary was...More

1  Thank CynK2
BazHughes, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2015

Thanks for the review!! Glad you enjoyed your time with us - hope the rest of the trip with Active Adventures was great, jealous of all the places we know you were heading!

Reviewed 1 March 2015

Kayaking the Okarito Lagoon was breath-taking. The birdlife is abundant - a real bird-lover's dream. The flora is also stunning - you can kayak right up into native forest. The briefing we received before we headed out in the kayaks was helpful and informative. And...More

1  Thank Chch_Mel
BazHughes, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2015

Thanks Mel! Stoked you got so much from your visit; we're a bit off the beaten track but nice to have visitors from over the hill! come back for a paddle and coffee again anytime. Cheers, Baz

Reviewed 22 February 2015

My partner and I hired a kayak from Okarito Nature Tours and headed out for an overnight wild camping trip in the lagoon. The location is stunning. I had really hoped we'd see a white heron...I'd lost count by the time we got to the...More

1  Thank Helen99199
BazHughes, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2015

Awesome, thanks guys!!! We were stoked to be able to send out a couple that we knew would appreciate the lagoon and beach so much - sweet spot for Valentine's Day eh?! Love to see you guys back here sometime - winter's pretty special, quiet...More

Reviewed 29 January 2015

Okarito Nature Tours was fantastic and we highly recommend them. They helped us work out the best kayaking tour for our family (2 adults and a 7, 9 and 11 yr old) with minimal experience kayaking. First, they discussed the best route and time for...More

1  Thank ajl795
BazHughes, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2015

Thank you guys! It's great for us to see families head out and have the kids explore and enjoy a new world to them; we're lucky to have such an easy environment for them to do this and still get a real sense of adventure....More

Reviewed 23 January 2015

I went to Okarito kiwi-searching, and stopped in at Nature Tours for their somewhat legendary coffees (and they ARE good!) The staff here are fantastic, and I wish we could have stayed an extra day and done a kayak trip. Watching them prepare another family...More

Thank Andrew P
BazHughes, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2015

Thanks for taking the time to review us Andrew - glad you and the family enjoyed the place; was really good to chat with you. Agree wholeheartedly about the coffee!!! Hopefully we'll see you back on your next kiwi-searching visit, look forward to it. Baz.

Reviewed 2 January 2015

Kayaking Okarito Lagoon is an exceptional experience. We are two 79 year old Kiwis and took two German bird watching enthusiast friends for what I think is one of NZ's best attractions. Gemma and her team at Okarito kayacks made pre-booking easy with best tide...More

Thank GrahamChristchurch
Reviewed 13 December 2014

Excellent way to spend a few hours canoeing in the lagoon. Friendly staff who have extensive knowledge about the area. The lagoon is a lovely area, you go through different types of scenery, you can do long or short trips depending on your wishes. If...More

Thank Caroline F
BazHughes, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2015

Thank you Caroline - for your review and for taking the time to visit us. Glad you appreciated the lagoon and its surrounding forest (and the coffee!). Baz Excellent way to spend a few hours canoeing in the lagoon. Friendly staff who have extensive knowledge...More

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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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