Explore the waterways of Okarito Lagoon

Okarito Weather

Out here on the edge of the coast, we often get far better weather than in at the base of the mountains and on the West Coast generally. So don’t believe the TV or newspaper forecast!!! We get less than half the rainfall and much more sunshine that Franz Josef town just 25 minutes drive away gets, and keep a really keen expert eye on what’s forecast, so give us a call and we’ll always give you an honest and more accurate forecast for what to expect out here at Okarito.

Okarito 3-day forcast

  • Saturday 29 October

  • Sunday 30 October

  • Monday 31 October

Watch us kayaking on the Lagoon

What our happy paddlers say

Fabulous in every way

I cannot speak highly enough about Gemma who looked after us all so well, we hired two double kayaks for myself, my husband and two children aged 9 and 12 and we all loved it. The safety briefing, information about the route and birds we might see along the way was so well explained, the equipment was all in good condition and location from the office to the lagoon perfect. Karenza, Wanaka, NZ

Amazing staff and coffee

I went to Okarito kiwi-searching, and stopped in at Nature Tours for their somewhat legendary coffees (and they ARE good!) The staff here are fantastic, and I wish we could have stayed an extra day and done a kayak trip. Watching them prepare another family I realised what a professional outfit they are, despite the lovely relaxed atmosphere. Andrew, Melbourne Australia

What an exceptional experience

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 kayaks made pre-booking easy with best tide advice. Fully kitted, very stable, double sea kayaks including water skirts, dry bags and life jackets with information booklets and maps meant we were well equipped for our 5 hours on the lagoon. Graham, Christchurch NZ

Where to find us

Okarito is a small peaceful village on the western sea coast of the South Island. Only 13km off the main highway, Okarito is about 25 minutes drive north of Franz Josef Glacier. Look for the signposted turn-off between Lakes Mapourika and Wahapo.

Formerly known as Okarito Nature Tours, we’re the two red sheds on the left just as you enter the village

Okarito Kayaks
1 The Strand
0800 OKARITO (0800 652 748)