Things to do
(photos by Andris Apse)
Okarito Beach - wander along the magnificant beach
The Trig Track - climb up a steep hill to view the Southern Alps in all their glory to the south and the Lagoon to the north - 45 mins (depending on fitness)
Three Mile Lagoon Track - walk along the Okarito Beach at low tide or through the bush on a well-formed track - 3 hours return
Whitebaiting (in season)
Kayaking on the Okarito Lagoon
Okarito Nature Tours provide guided kayak trips and freedom rental kayaking on Okarito Lagoon. Kayaking is a great way to experience the birdlife and explore the river channels that lead into the rainforest. www.okarito.co.nz
Okarito Kiwi Tours offers "Low Impact Eco-Tourism guiding taking you deep into Kiwi Habitation" for more info visit www.okaritokiwitours.co.nz
Boat Trips on Okarito Lagoon
Join Okarito Boat Tours and discover the tremendous diversity of one of the West Coast’s most accessible, yet incredibly pristine and tranquil areas.
Nature, bird, eco and photography enthusiasts can enjoy an interactive commentary with your guide Swade - as you depart the picturesque Okarito Wharf he transports you from land to lagoon and beyond into the rainforest waterways to see the birds and plants that make this area so “magic”.
Choose from the Early Bird Tour at 7:30am ($70), or one of the comprehensive 2 hour "Nature Tours" departing 9am and 11:30am ($85) or for those on the go, the one hour "Sightseeing Tour" ($45) at 2:30pm. Children under 8 go free with an adult and under 16's are half price.
Visit www.okaritoboattours.co.nz or call 03 753 4223 to book. Accommodation packages also available.
Viewing White Herons
Although we see single birds in the village, the breeding colony is beyond the north end of the lagoon. Access is from Whataroa. http://www.whiteherontours.co.nz