The small historic settlement of Okarito is built on a sand-spit within Okarito Lagoon. The village lies between the forces of the Tasman Sea and a natural landscape of wetlands and rainforests, dominated by the highest peaks of the Southern Alps, including Mts. Cook and Tasman. The weather in Okarito is vastly different to that of it’s close neighbours – we receive 30% less rainfall and increased sun hours. Making us a popular destination.

Okarito Kiwi Tours

Okarito is home to the successful Okarito Nature Tours. A beautiful day can be spent kayaking on the Okarito Lagoon. This is a bird lovers paradise – the only feeding ground for the Kotuku ( White Heron )

For bird lovers specifically looking for the Kotuku nesting – offer fantastic trips to the White Heron Colony. This trip starts at neighbouring Whataroa.

Another great way to enjoy the lagoon is to cruise in a purpose built boat.

Locally owned and operated with knowledgable and passionate guides, they will take you birding at a gentle pace. 70 different bird species recorded.

Okarito is home to the splendid Okarito trig walk. A small walk takes you to a viewpoint with magnificent views of the Southern Alps.

Okarito has a range of Accommodation, depending on budget. From the Community run campground to YHA backpackers accommodation to motel type. We can be contacted for further details.

The village is managed by the Okarito Community Association – for more information

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