Okarito Nature Tours

Okarito Nature Tours

PO Box 89, Franz Josef Glacier
South Westland, New Zealand
Phone / Fax 03 753 4014
Email kayaks@okarito.co.nz




Richard Saunders & Edwina Clarke


Okarito is a small, peaceful village on the western sea coast of the South Island. Only 13km off the main highway, Okarito is about 25 minutes drive north of Franz Josef Glacier. Look for the turn off between Lakes Mapourika and Wahapo.

Only around 35 people live here permanently.

Services include a motel / backpackers and an excellent campground, managed by the local community. For other accommodation options visit www.okarito.net.

Okarito has good weather, ocean sea beaches and forest walks, including the renowned Okarito Trig view point.

Please bring supplies as there are no shops or banks, but we do have excellent espresso coffee.

Other activities in Okarito include night time kiwi tours and for those who don't wish to kayak but would still like to enjoy Okarito Lagoon, try Okarito Boat Tours.

Birdwatching is a big part of Okarito and the surrounding area. For more information visit www.birdingwestcoast.co.nz.

Nearby Whataroa is the starting point for tours to New Zealand's only white heron (kotuku) breeding colony www.whiteherontours.co.nz

For more information on Okarito and it's history see www.okarito.net.

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Thanks to: Andris Apse, Julian Apse, Gabriella Czoma, Rebecca Gilchrist, Bruce Shanks, Christian Heeb,
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Okarito Nature Tours | South Westland, New Zealand
Phone / Fax: 03 753 4014 | Email: kayaks@okarito.co.nz