Okarito Boat Tours And Cottages
Towering Southern Alps, Mount Cook and Mount Tasman and nearby Franz Josef Glacier make for a spectacular backdrop to the coastal and rainforest environment on clear days and a stunning contrast to the wetlands and wading birds feeding on the Okarito Lagoon.
The open-air boat moves slowly, allowing a total sensory experience with 360-degree views amongst feeding birds including the graceful Kotuku– Great White heron, Royal Spoonbills, the intrepid godwits from Siberia and Alaska, the leggy Pied Stilts, and many others.
Custom built for the Okarito area, the boat will take you into the shallow environs of both lagoon and forest and provides some fabulous photo opportunities of both wildlife and landscapes.
Explore with us and learn of the special nature of New Zealand’s largest unmodified wetland, over 3000 hectares and part of the South Westland World Heritage area.
Okarito Boat EcoTours April Special - Free Shuttle from Franz Josef.
Okarito Boat EcoTour includes Free Shuttle + Morning Tea in the secluded Rainforest Waterways of Okarito
Daily -$95 pp
This two hour cruise on our Okarito custom open air boat includes morning tea in a secluded rainforest waterway - come and experience the magic of Okarito with us!
Learn about the ecology, unique flora and fauna that live in both salt and fresh water, clear days offer amazing views and reflections of the Southern Alps & forest.
Take the friendly Glacier Shuttle from Franz Josef and your ride is on us! A savings of $20/person.
Call Glacier Shuttles 0800 999 739 and book your trip to Okarito - it’s as easy as that!
*Offer valid to April 30th, 2019.
Early bird tour
Ideal for early summer and summer conditions. Plenty of opportunities for photos and photography enthusiast. Beautiful light and generally very calm conditions. Can be the best time to see birds feeding on the lagoon.
- Duration: 80 Minutes (approx.)
- NZD $85.00
From wading birds to rainforest orchids, tidal lagoon wetlands and ancient plants and trees and river waterways - the 2 hour EcoTour is our most comprehensive tour set within this magnificent, untouched World Heritage Area.
- Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)
- NZD $95.00
Okarito Wetlands Tour
This tour is perfect for an introduction to the Okarito Wetland environment. The afternoon time slot enables you to add this to your day after a visit to the Glaciers and learn about this diverse environment from sea to mountains.
- Duration: 90 Minutes (approx.)
- NZD $75.00
$75 - $95
7:30 AM to 8 PM for bookings, tours run from 7:30 AM to 4 PM
LOCATION & CONTACT
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How to find us
Watch for the turnoff of State Hwy 6. Okarito is approximately 1.5 hours drive south of Hokitika.