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.
We invite you to come and visit Okarito - experience the magic of this small village with the big landscapes - and New Zealand's largest unmodified wetlands - over 3000 hectares, only a 25-minute drive from Franz Josef Glacier. Yes! there are white herons and royal spoonbills here year round - lots of birdlife and so much more to see! We are a partner team - Swade and Paula - and have operated here for 14 years. We love to share our knowledge and passion of our unique environment. The surrounding landscape is simply stunning - with clear skies we see Mount Cook and Tasman, Franz Josef Glacier - an amazing backdrop to the ancient kahikatea forest and wetland rushes in the foreground. Lots of opportunity for photography enthusiasts.