Historic Okarito Wharf shed & Mt Adams. Okarito South Westland NZ.

Okarito

Ōkārito is a coastal settlement with stunning wetlands to explore!

Ōkārito Lagoon is New Zealand’s largest unmodified wetland and home to a some of the country’s rarest birdlife.

Location

Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast 7886, New Zealand

A boat ecotour or kayak trip on the lagoon will give you the opportunity to spot birds like the endangered white heron (kotuku) as well as enjoy panoramic views of Mount Cook and the Southern Alps. There is even the chance to see kiwi in the wild with Okarito Kiwi Tours.

For walkers and hikers, a trip up to the Okarito Trig is not to be missed, especially at sunrise or sunset where the views across the Southern Alps and down to the ocean are incredible. Guided nature walks around Glacier Country are available with Glacier Valley Eco Tours, based in Ōkārito.

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Kōtuku - The White Heron
Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers & Glacier Country
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Okarito Boat EcoTours

Okarito - New Zealand's largest and unmodified wetlands. Surrounded by the towering Southern Alps and rainforest waterways, on the open air boat you are instantly engaged in watching the birds and incredible landscapes.

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Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers & Glacier Country
$60 - $130

Okarito Kayaks

Stunning rental and fully guided kayak trips on the remote and tranquil Okarito Lagoon, with incredible views of the Southern Alps and Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Family friendly and suitable for all abilities.

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Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers & Glacier Country
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Okarito Kiwi Tours

Okarito Kiwi Tours is the only tourism venture in the South Island that guides you, in low numbers, deep into kiwi habitat. 95% Sighting Success.

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Hidden Gems – Ōkārito Lagoon

North of Franz Josef, Ōkārito is NZ's largest unmodified wetland, home to rare wildlife.

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Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers & Glacier Country

Okarito lagoon and beach

Okarito Lagoon is New Zealand's largest unmodified wetland. A coastal lagoon, it is 130 kms south of Hokitika, covering an area of about 12km.

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Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers & Glacier Country
180

Okarito Full Day Tour

Explore the historic gold mining village of Okarito - a definite hidden gem on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

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Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers & Glacier Country
$80 - $180 adults. $40 - $90 children.

Glacier Valley Eco Tours

Glacier Valley Eco Tours is a family owned business committed to giving our clients the best experience on our guided nature walks in Glacier Country.

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BAC to Nature: Conservation Tour

BAC to Nature: Bird & Conservation Tour - Bringing together tourism venue operators up and down the Coast, this package tells the conservation story of the West Coast. Pre-booking required.

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March 25, 2021

Okarito Gorsebusters

Volunteers from all over New Zealand sign up to clear gorse from around the edges of Okarito Lagoon.

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