About the deal
Welcome to Okarito Boat Eco Tours!
We invite you to come and visit Okarito on one of our boat tours and 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 here year round, as well as royal spoonbills - plenty of birdlife and so much more to see!
The surrounding landscape is simply stunning - on a clear day we'll see Mount Cook and Tasman, Franz Josef Glacier - an amazing backdrop to the ancient kahikatea forest and wetland rushes in the foreground. Plenty of opportunity for photos of birds and landscapes.
We'll show you as much as we can on our popular 2-hour EcoTour via the Explorer Douglas - this flat bottomed open air boat was custom built for the lagoon - we cruise along at slow speeds and often drift alongside feeding white herons, godwits, oystercatchers and dotterels.
Where to stay in Okarito? We also have a self-contained holiday house available with wonderful sea views should you like to spend a few days exploring this beautiful area - we are just about 25 minutes to Franz Josef and 45 minutes to Fox Glacier - a lot to see and do!
Whatever your interest, we think you are going to love Okarito!
If you are not sure what the best tour might be for you, or for more information on what you might expect to see, weather and conditions, please feel free to email or call us for more information and our best recommendations.