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Okarito Kayaks

1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
+64 800 652 748
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Great self guided trip

We were staying two nights in Franz Josef before heading up to Hokitika and were looking for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Leeds, United Kingdom
a very special day out on the West Coast

For anyone who appreciates the unspoilt magnificence of South Is. West Coast, and wants to get... read more

Reviewed July 3, 2017
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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
1 The Strand, Okarito 7856, New Zealand
+64 800 652 748
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying two nights in Franz Josef before heading up to Hokitika and were looking for something to do one our drive. So we booked a 2 hour self guided kayak trip with Okarito Kayaks. I used to free-phone number listed on the tourist...More

Thank jessicamgould
Reviewed July 3, 2017

For anyone who appreciates the unspoilt magnificence of South Is. West Coast, and wants to get really close to it, I can't recommend a day out with Okarito kayaks highly enough. Baz and his wife run an experience which is really professional in terms of...More

1  Thank Marge21
Reviewed May 29, 2017

Well, all you Kiwi folk out there that want to do something very special right on your back door, come check this out. We lined up a good weather forecast and this activity did not disappoint. A family of 4 with 2 teenage daughters headed...More

Thank Angus899
Reviewed April 22, 2017 via mobile

We had a half day (4 hours) in a double kayak. Baz and Gemma were very helpful and friendly, with expert local knowledge of the lagoon and tides, maps, life jackets and great gear. It was so peaceful on the water and we could get...More

Thank rebeccadiver
Reviewed April 5, 2017

We stopped in to check on renting kayaks and seeing the bird life in the lagoon. Baz went beyond the extra mile to inform of us the opportunity, what we would face, what we might see for the current conditions (low fog, windy, light rain)....More

Thank BountGlen62
Reviewed April 2, 2017

My wife and i did the half day paddle up the lagoon and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The owners are friendly and informative. Everything we needed for the trip was supplied, the kayak was easy to use and the half day trip was just a...More

Thank 67Kezza27
Reviewed March 30, 2017 via mobile

Take the time to drive to Okarito Village. Do some hiking and kayaking. We arrived a day earlier than our booking trying to re-arrange our schedule so we could accommodate our rescheduled heli hike. Baz could not have been more helpful. While we enjoyed a...More

Thank Golfchief
Reviewed March 22, 2017

Different way to experience Franz Josef. Our family of four had a great time paddling and even saw the rare white heron. Staff careful to schedule you based on tide and weather conditions -- paddling in can be challenging if the wind picks up. Ample...More

Thank 354juner
Reviewed March 18, 2017

As part of New Zealand Trails Heritage Hiking Tour we arrived at Okarito Kayaks for an afternoon adventure. It had been a rainy morning on the drive there and none of us were looking forward to paddling around the Okarito Lagoon. The weather turned for...More

Thank ricriordon
Reviewed March 14, 2017

We had a great safety briefing before we launched. They suggested a skirt, but I declined. Do take one as you will get wet otherwise. The sand flies are pretty vicious on shore, so have repellent. They also have a natural repellent they let you...More

Thank Ron T
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January 4, 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