kayaks@okarito.co.nz +64 3 753 4014
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Guided kayak tours

Guided kayak tours

Our intimate, guided kayak experiences have a focus on exploring the incredible natural environment, and are led by passionate and knowledgeable guides. Great for those who might be a little less confident on the water, or especially those who seek greater knowledge and understanding of the flora, fauna and local history of Ōkārito.

All guided kayak tours require a minimum of two adults booked to confirm departure; kids below the age of 18 are half price.

If you don’t see an available time that works well for you, for guided kayak trips, just call us on (+64 3 753 4014) or email, and we’ll see what we can arrange.

We also offer private guided kayak trips, an exclusive option, by arrangement.


Two hour guided kayak tour

$130 per person

Gentle exploration, great for first time kayaking

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Three hour guided kayak tour

$160 per person

Unhurried adventure, exploring further

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Private Guided

Two hour private guided kayak tour

$200 per person

A bespoke, personally tailored experience

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Private Guided

Three hour private guided kayak tour

From $245

A special, private experience

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Guided kayak tour gift voucher

From $260 per couple

Give someone the gift of experiencing nature

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All our kayaks are modern, highest quality, stable sea kayaks; all our kayaking equipment is well maintained and cleaned after each use. We take real pride in having the best equipment for our kayakers to enjoy their experience

We deliberately also take time to set kayakers up to be comfortable and confident before setting out on their adventure with us, without rushing.

We suggest arriving ten to fifteen minutes before your start time to be ready get anything ready you might need, or to use bathrooms at our base, to get the most out of your time exploring.


Ōkārito is a small, peaceful village on the western sea coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

Only 10km off the main highway, Ōkārito is about 25-minutes drive north of Franz Josef Glacier. Look for the signposted turn-off between Lake Mapourika and Lake Wahapo.

You’ll find spacious, private car parking at our two red sheds on the left just as you enter the village, with a homely base building and bathrooms for comfort.

1, The Strand, Ōkārito, West Coast
kayaks@okarito.co.nz +64 3 753 4014 Get directions

Experience New Zealand’s largest unmodified wetland

Soak up this stunning natural environment. Hire a kayak to independently explore these ancient waterways at your own pace or let one of our experienced guides take you on an intimate tour through pristine wilderness.

Options available for all ages and any fitness level.

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