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Address: 1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand (Formerly Okarito Nature Tours)
Phone Number:
0800 652 748
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Kayaking on Okarito Lagoon, New Zealand's largest unmodified coastal...

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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nice experience for those who love birds

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... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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Brussels, Belgium
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16 reviews
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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 of good quality. It felt that people who work here really love what they are... More 

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Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this review

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 More 

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3 reviews
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, when to go (happily we came to the right time, it's better to ask about... More 

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Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this review

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

F'burg
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205 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
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 with detailed instructions and a little practice, and found ourselves in a fairyland of wildlife... More 

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Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this review

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

Dunedin, New Zealand
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85 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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 the route is well marked with manuka poles and the odd bright arrow. You are... More 

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Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this review

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

Dunedin, New Zealand
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337 reviews
125 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
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 paddled up to the first major side creek and slowly and in a relaxed fashion... More 

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Richard_okarito, Owner at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this review

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 More 

Christchurch
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 the specific objective of taking a guided kayak trip with Okarito Nature Tours. We were... More 

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Charlottesville
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27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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 briefing on the do's and dont's and even provides you with a kayak shirt to... More 

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The Hague, NL
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76 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2012

On all postcards from the lagoon you can see beautiful reflection of the mountains and glaciers in the water. We weren't so lucky. On the day we decided to try lagoon kayaking it was cloudy and misty – so, no reflection at all. We went to Okarito without any booking before. Before entering this very small village (no shops, no... More 

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leicester
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

We had planned a helihike at Franz Josef, but the cloud meant it was cancelled at the last minute, we had a free afternoon, quite disappointed we drove about 20 minutes out to Okarito, a tiny town on the beach. There we found a quaint little coffee shop and while enjoying a drink we learned about kayaking on the lagoon.... More 

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Auckland
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67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2012

We spent two nights at Okarito, rented a cosy cottage through Okarito Nature Tours by email beforehand. Didn't see many white herons as because of a spell of dry weather, the lagoon was not draining into the sea and the water was therefore too deep for easy feeding for the herons and other birds . It didn't matter though as... More 

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