Okarito Kayaks are looking for one or two guides to join our small team, starting this October, for full time work throughout the summer.

Key skills or attributes we’re looking for are:

  • Experience leading in the outdoors
  • Good attitude to getting things done
  • Kayak experience, and a good level of fitness
  • Good sense of humour
  • Genuine passion for nature
  • Practical outlook and common sense
  • Enjoy working as part of a small team, and communicating with kayakers
  • First Aid certification and a driving licence
  • Being proud of what you do

We’re most interested in the type of person you are, and your interests, rather than formal qualifications. Okarito is a remote spot and so not for everyone – this role would suit someone who wants to save most of their earnings working in a fantastic, natural, outdoor environment over the summer. You’ll be working with a great small team of mates in one of the most stunning parts of the country.

We offer full time work if you’re keen to get stuck in, and will help with accommodation. Get in touch to find out more.



Tagged as: Guide, kayak, nature, tourism

About Okarito Kayaks

Okarito Kayaks has been renting kayaks and guiding kayakers on the shallow and remote Okarito Lagoon for over twenty years, away from the busier, more hectic parts of the South Island. We're a small, family run business, informal but with a great reputation for the quality of the experience we offer.

Okarito Lagoon is the largest unmodified wetland in NZ; a stunning tidal waterway with incredible views of the Southern Alps on a good day, and river access right up into the bush of the surrounding Westland Tai Poutini National Park.

With shallow and often calm waters, we're proud to enable Kiwi families and visitors from all over the world to explore this place and it's environment independently by renting kayaks; the best part of the job is getting out on the water ourselves as guides to show our place to visitors.

Okarito is just north of Franz Josef Glacier on the West Coast. A village atmosphere, with great kayaking, fishing, hunting, climbing and tramping opportunities on the doorstep, make our part of the Coast pretty special.