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Okarito Kayaks

Okarito Kayaks is a small family owned kayak business offering freedom rental and guided kayaking trips on the Okarito Lagoon.
Kayaking is by far the best way to enjoy the flora, fauna and scenic grandeur of New Zealand's largest unmodified coastal wetland. Previous experience is not necessary.

Okarito Lagoon covers more than 3240 hectares of shallow open water and is well known for its outstanding avifauna (over 70 species of birds have been recorded here). The lagoon is a common feeding ground for kotuku (white heron) and royal spoonbill, both of which breed in the nearby Waitangiroto Nature Reserve.

Exploring the open water and river channels that lead you deep into the heart of the rainforest is like stepping back in time to pre-European conditions. A clear day offers magnificent views of Mount Cook and the Southern Alps.   For bookings see

The tidal flats of the lagoon are full of birds of many descriptions. Check out for quality info on birding in South Westland!

Booking and more information:

P: +64 3 753 4014
NZFREEPHONE: 08006520748
F: +64 3 753 4014

1 The Strand,
PO Box 89,
Franz Josef Glacier,
New Zealand



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