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Okarito Kayaks

1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
+64 800 652 748
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Best coffee on the West Coast!

Okarito is a wee gem and worth planning a stop on your next road trip. We didn't kayak this time... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2013
ArtisanalWines
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Queenstown
Excellent kayaking on Lake Okarito

Skip Milford Sound - you really want to kayak on Lake Okarito with Okarito Nature Tours. Booking... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2013
Bethan D
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Aberystwyth, Wales, 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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+64 800 652 748
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

Okarito is a wee gem and worth planning a stop on your next road trip. We didn't kayak this time but have in the past and it is a great excursion, however we did have more than one or two of Richard's wicked coffees. Seriously...More

Thank ArtisanalWines
Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2013

Thanks guys. Good to hear that you enjoyed our C4 coffee. Kind Regards Richard

Reviewed 18 August 2013

Skip Milford Sound - you really want to kayak on Lake Okarito with Okarito Nature Tours. Booking was simple over the phone, and we were met by the friendly owner on the morning of our trip. We were given a quick run down and the...More

Thank Bethan D
Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2013

Thanks so much for your review. Was lovely to meet you guys. Regards Richard

Reviewed 28 May 2013

We had a great time! The ride kawak was beautiful, quiet, surrounded by fantastic scenery. We could see different kinds of birds. Team super nice!

Thank Marie D
Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2013

Hi Thanks for your review. Glad to hear you enjoyed your kayak trip on Okarito Lagoon.

Reviewed 21 April 2013

We were disappointed after the trip to Franz-Joseph glacier we decided to go back to Okarito and enjoy some quiet. We went to a kayak trip not expecting to much, but it was just great. We got detailed advice on kayaking, the equipment was also...More

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Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2013

Thanks for your review. Glad to hear that you had a great birding experience, and that you enjoyed our coffee. Kind Regards Richard Saunders Okarito Nature Tours

Reviewed 31 March 2013 via mobile

We went on a 2 hours kayaktour, after we saw a flyer on the local campground. We thought a kayaktour in the lagoon could be nice, but it was better. After a warm welcome, we got tips and advice where to go, what to do,...More

Thank PulliDave
Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2013

Hi Guys Thanks for your review. Glad to hear you had an enjoyable kayak on Okarito Lagoon. Kind Regards Richard Saunders

Reviewed 8 September 2012

We had lusted after a kayak trip on the Okarito Lagoon since our previous trip to New Zealand when we had opted instead to spend the day on the glacier. This time we were not disappointed when we set out in a double kayak, armed...More

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Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2012

Thanks for your review. Glad to hear you had such a nice time on the lagoon. Cheers Richard Saunders

Reviewed 22 April 2012

We arrived in Okarito mid afternoon and decided to give self-guided kayaking a go. We're in our 50s with limited kayaking experience but found the two hours paddling (in a double kayak) very enjoyable- so don't be daunted! There is a thorough briefing beforehand and...More

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Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2012

Thanks for your review. Nice to hear that you found paddling the double kayak quite easy. Kind Regards Richard Saunders

Reviewed 17 April 2012

We hired a double kayak for a two hour paddle by our selves. there was a full briefing of what and where to go and how to make it all work. Then we crossed the road walked down to the wharf and into it. We...More

Thank Bruce M
Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2012

Thanks for your review. I really enjoyed my paddle on the lagoon with you both. A lot of our customers find paddling into the forest river channels to be the highlight of their trip. Look forward to seeing you again someday. Kind Regards Richard Saunders

Reviewed 16 April 2012

I had visited Okarito a number of times over the years and every time thought how great it would be to kayak on the Lagoon. Earlier this year my wife and I (neither of us 'spring chickens') decided that we would go to Okarito with...More

1  Thank Peter C
Reviewed 13 April 2012

A great place for novice Kayaks as you paddle along the lagoon and into its tributaries. It's a birdwatchers paradise. Note that the lagoon is very susceptible to strong winds so call ahead before making the drive to Okarito. the owner (Chris) does a thorough...More

1  Thank Dianne G
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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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