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.
LocationFranz 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.