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Okarito Kayaks

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1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
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Cannot rate highly enough.

Having just visited the Franz Josef Glacier I wasn't sure whether there would be much else that... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2014
Edward O
A great day on the water!

I visited Okarito to camp at the nearby campsite with a few of my friends. We noticed the Nature... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2014
Hugh P
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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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  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
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“self guided” (8 reviews)
“dry bags” (7 reviews)
“white heron” (13 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

Having just visited the Franz Josef Glacier I wasn't sure whether there would be much else that could top it, but I'm glad to be able to say that I was wrong! Anyone can set up a kayaking company in a stunning area but there...More

Thank Edward O
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Richard_okarito, Manager at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2014

Hi Edward Thanks for your kind review. We love living in Okarito, and love sharing the lagoon with our guests. It is especially rewarding for us to get such positive feedback from our customers. Cheers Richard

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Reviewed 22 May 2014 via mobile

I visited Okarito to camp at the nearby campsite with a few of my friends. We noticed the Nature tours building and decided to give it a go the following day. What a decision that proved to be, we were warmly welcomed and soon out...More

Thank Hugh P
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Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2014

Hi Thanks for your review. Sorry we didn't find your sunnies. You will just have to come back for another paddle and see if you can track them down! Cheers Richard

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Reviewed 22 April 2014

We loved Okarito Nature tours. We kayaked with our 7 month old and the staff we more than willing to accommodate our special requirements for an infant life jacket! Richard was very kind to come out to check on us during the paddle in the...More

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Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2014

Hi Thanks for your review. Sounds like you had a nice family paddle on the lagoon. Cheers Richard

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Reviewed 22 March 2014

Protected kayaking in lagoon with calm beautiful waters, easily done. Owners helpful, friendly, coffee after paddle. Enjoy the views!

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Richard_okarito, Manager at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2014

Hi Thanks for your review Kind Regards Richard

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Reviewed 17 March 2014

This excursion was suggested by our guide, Robert Panzer, from Taylored Travel. We had a lovely morning paddle across a serene lagoon and up a tributary with great photo ops of mountaons, glittering sun on water, and birds, such as: black swans, scaups, and white...More

Thank Ron W
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Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2014

Hi Thanks for your review. Will pass your regards on to Brooke. Kind Regard Richard

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Reviewed 21 February 2014

Kayaking through the Okarito lagoon definitely was one of the highlights of our entire stay in the country. It's not easy to get there without a car as it is located about 25 km from Franz Josef village, but hiring a bike (like we did)...More

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Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2014

Thanks for your review. Was great to meet you. Well done for biking out to Okarito. Hope the rest of your NZ trip was enjoyable. Kind Regards Richard (P.S. Thanks for the yummy Belgian chocolate!)

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Reviewed 6 February 2014

The team at Okarito Nature Tours were a delight :) Lovely, friendly people. Very knowledgeable and helpful. We had a lovely couple of hours on the water and enjoyed a great cuppa afterwards. A beautiful spot - we would definitley recommend it and would go...More

Thank KarenRen2014
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Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2014

Hi Thanks for your review Kind Regards Richard

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Reviewed 21 January 2014

I want to thank Richard for a brilliant morning in his kayaks. My family (inc 2 children 8&11) spendt a fabulous couple of hours kayaking in the Okarito lagoon. It was a beautiful, peaceful morning and thankfully clear as we had great views of Mt...More

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Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2014

Thanks for your review. It was lovely to meet you, and I hope the rest of your NZ trip went well. Kind Regards Richard

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Reviewed 29 December 2013

My wife and I (residents of New Jersey, USA) are in the south island of new Zealand on a bicycle trip. Took some time off today to kayak. Excellent decision! Our tour company VBT recommended Okarito. We kayaked for 3 hours in beautiful waters and...More

Thank Billy L
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Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2014

Thanks for your kind review. I have passed on your gratitude to Mel. Cheers Richard Saunders

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Reviewed 15 December 2013

If you are anywhere near the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand, be sure to make a trip to Okarito and go for a kayak trip on the beautiful Okarito Lagoon with Okarito Nature Tours. It was one of the highlights of...More

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Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2014

Hi Thanks for your review. Richard Saunders

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ameliap96
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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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