Okarito Boat Tours And Cottages

2 Russell St Okarito 7886 West Coast New Zealand

Sit back and relax as you are transported from land to the tranquil waters of the Okarito lagoon and rainforest waterways to view the birds, ancient plants and trees and the untouched landscape that combine to make the Okarito so magic.


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. 

About the boat tours 

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. 

Tour types

  • The “Early Bird Tour” and 2 Hour Nature Tours are recommended for those interested in seeing the best of the amazing, natural environment of Okarito while the afternoon “Sightseeing Tour” provides a great introduction to why this area is so special. 
  • The Okarito Overnighter is perfect if you are looking for a peaceful night stay in a comfortable cottage by the sea – accommodation packages are also available.


$45 - $85


7:30 AM to 8 PM for bookings, tours run from 7:30 AM to 4 PM


Kitchen Facilities
Queen Room
Single Room
King Room


Contact Okarito Boat Tours And Cottages

Okarito Boat Tours And Cottages
+64 3 753 4223

How to find us

Okarito Boat Tours is located in the quiet village of Okarito - 27 km (north) from Franz Josef and 23 km (south) from Whataroa.
Watch for the turnoff of State Hwy 6. Okarito is approximately 1.5 hours drive south of Hokitika.


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