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“Okarito Kitchen excellent food !BUT!”
Review of Okarito Kayaks

Okarito Kayaks
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Okarito
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
New South Wales, Australia
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“Okarito Kitchen excellent food !BUT!”
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Okarito Kitchen cafe was lovely and quirky building with interesting toilet!
Staff nice, coffee and sausage rolls really good.
BUT - the sand flies inside crawling all over the windows inside and outside the building were so horrendous that I would not want to stop again!
As for going canoeing forget it unless your skin is like leather!

Visited December 2016
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OkaritoKayaks, Manager at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this review, 20 February 2017
Thanks for the positive comments on the coffee and food guys, nice to hear - but we're pretty disappointed you've commented so negatively on an activity you didn't partake in and don't seem to have a great deal of knowledge about. We're not trying to be rude, but we kayak, rather than canoe here - and yes, whilst we and pretty much everywhere else in NZ have sandflies on some still calm days, sandflies are not a problem when you are out on the water, or when we have bright sun, or wind, or rain - just maybe whilst in sheltered areas on those calm days we sometimes get. Thats why on this particular day we spoke directly to you when bringing you your coffee to offer you complimentary use of the locally made DEET -free sandfly repellent we have here for customers, but you chose not to use this and just sat there instead.
As pretty much all our reviews from people who have actually kayaked show, you don't need skin like leather - we're proud to enable young families to get out on the water and both tender-skinned kids and adults seem to manage just fine. Unfortunately your review will be pretty misleading and may just scare kayakers off. Regardless, we hope you managed to survive and enjoy the rest of your visit to NZ, even with a few sandlflies around. Cheers - Baz.
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“Scenic and accommodating even with weather trouble!”
Reviewed 4 January 2017

I went as part of a group and while the weather was raining, we still enjoyed a lovely 3-4 hour self guided tour. We saw the heron, tuis, and other birds in a peaceful setting. Everyone was helpful and clearly passionate about what they do. It was pouring rain when we came in and they had prepared coffee and tea for us while we tried to warm up! This is a great find in the area!

Visited December 2016
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OkaritoKayaks, Paddle helper at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this review, 29 January 2017
Some great West Cast weather then!!! Hey, good on you for getting out and exploring regardless of the weather - we reckon if you tog up in rainjackets then you're invincible anyway; the rainforest channels you paddle up need that rain too!! There's a beautiful calm mood sometimes to the lagoon and wetlands when the sun is hidden, and the birds provide their own entertainment. Just needs enthusiastic paddlers .... !
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“Great outfitters!”
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

We went on a morning half day paddle, self-guided though a couple other boats did go out at the same time. It was great to be able to follow our own little hearts and explore down some rivers and through some marshes, without needing to stick together as a group.

Baz and Gemma and the rest of the staff were great, providing gear, maps, and bird guides. Bird sightings included white herons and spoonbills! There was a nice breeze in our face heading back so we were happy for the delicious coffee and carrot cake after our outing.

Visited December 2016
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OkaritoKayaks, Kayak guide, barista, gardener, baking taster etc at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this review, 4 January 2017
Julie, hey, thanks for the great review of us!! Busy time of year here mid summer so we're stoked you guys got some space to yourselves out in the waterways, and that you got to see the Spoonbills out there! Glad you enjoyed your trip, nice to have you kayaking with us. Baz.
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“Great experience amazing place”
Reviewed 29 December 2016

The whole package of kayak hire, high quality equipment, excellent safety briefing and trip plan was just fantastic. Really impressed with the passion and commitment of Baz and Gema to quality experiecne and safety.

Visited December 2016
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OkaritoKayaks, Chief kayak washer (and route briefer) at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this review, 4 January 2017
Di, thanks for the review - sorry I didn't get much time to catch up with you, Mark and the family, but Gem and I are stoked you came through for a paddle and got to see the backyard! We're pretty lucky here in South Westland with what we have. Have a great summer, see you again sometime. Baz.
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“Very nice and friendly staff!”
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

We took a half-day kayak and it was amazing. The weather was sunny - took a suncream! It is really recommended :)
Staff was very friendly and helpful, we enjoyed this activity!

Visited December 2016
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Thank Marko R
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OkaritoKayaks, Kayak hire launcher at Okarito Kayaks, responded to this review, 4 January 2017
Hi Marko - glad you enjoyed your visit, and kayak, and obviously, good weather! We're lucky out here on the edge of the coast that we get much better weather than inland. Hope you enjoy the rest of your travels through NZ; cheers for visiting our wee town! Baz
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