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Address: The Strand, Okarito | South Westland, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-753 4223
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Description: Join us on an interpretive tour of the peaceful, pristine environment of...
Join us on an interpretive tour of the peaceful, pristine environment of the Okarito Lagoon and rainforest waterways. From the wide variety of bird species to the ancient plants of the rainforest, this gentle boat cruise takes you on a personalized tour with a maximum of 12 passengers. From the historic Wharf and beyond where you begin to see the wading birds feeding in the shallows, to the impressive snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps, to the Okarito River itself where you may see trout or salmon rising and hear the flute like call of the bellbird - this nature tour offers up an environment rich in its biodiversity. Explore with us and experience for yourself the true nature of the Okarito Lagoon.
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Unexpectedly lovely

Took an early morning cruise on the lagoon to see a variety of waterfowl .... but the best part was the amazing combination of still lagoon water, lush foliage, the snow-capped... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
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Delray Beach, Florida
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Delray Beach, Florida
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111 reviews 111 reviews
46 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Took an early morning cruise on the lagoon to see a variety of waterfowl .... but the best part was the amazing combination of still lagoon water, lush foliage, the snow-capped mountains in the distance ..... all framed by New Zealand's intensely blue sky and stunning clouds. Swade tied up to an embankment to offer us coffee/tea and a biscuit.... More 

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Ozawkie, Kansas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

we had a good time on this, the tide wasn't all the way down but still saw a lot of different birds. and we had a clear day to see the mountains off in the distance really well.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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90 reviews 90 reviews
50 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Thanks to Swade & Paula for a great morning for my clients on your Okarito Bird Watching & nature tour everyone thought the trip was fantastic along with your vast knowledge on the estuary of the region & bird life ,very unique and personal experience for all. See you next time.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We took a double kayak out on the lagoon. The friendly staff gave comprehensive, unbiased advice on how to paddle, where to go, what to see and were honest about the problems of the low tide and strong wind. We set off and made quite good progress for complete novices until we ran out of water. After falling into the... More 

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Christchurch
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63 reviews 63 reviews
20 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 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 advice. Fully kitted, very stable, double sea kayacks including water skirts, dry bags and life... More 

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Taupo, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

I rent a kayak in Okarito, there is just one place to do so. I loved it so much. I had very little experience and I was on my own. But the service was absolutely fantastic. The equipment was very good, proper safety talk and a very good explanation of where to go. There was a map on the kayak... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

A Kiwi showing an overseas visitor around his island. I had done the Whatoroa Jet Boat / White Heron tour before, so I researched other options / reviews & so phoned Paula & Swade for a Boat booking & accommodation. Donovan's Store that evening for a very intimate Arts Trust "Delaney & Williams" Concert, which totally blew me away. I... More 

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Okarito, Owner at Okarito Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of your recent experience here in Okarito! We just love the looks of surprise we get from people who visit Okarito and all it has to offer - thank you again for staying and for truly enjoying the magic of Okarito with us! More 

Cuneo, Italy
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

I had a beautiful time in Okarito, one of my favourite spots in NZ so far. You need to go and see for yourself (but don't just "touch'n'go, spend some days there! :) ). The boat trip was so informative and peaceful. Swade is a bird encyclopedia and, even more important, he loves the place (who wouldn't) and what he's... More 

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Okarito, Owner at Okarito Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thank you Anna for your lovely review! Swade loves to share everything he can on every tour he takes out - it's definitely his passion! Thank you again for sharing your experience - your enjoyment of the trip is what really makes Swade's day! More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

There is little I can add to the review by archeologyman. My husband and I are of the 60's generation also. This trip and place brought back memories of backpacking Europe and living on a beach in the Florida Keys. We are not birders but Paula and Swade could not be more informative and helpful. The bird life on the... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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116 reviews 116 reviews
47 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We were going to Okarito because we were booked on a Kiwi watching trip (see separate report) . As our departure from the UK came closer I was getting worried because we just couldn't find any accommodation in Okarito. When we arrived there we understood why. It is about ten houses and a flock of Paradise Shelduck wandering down the... More 

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