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
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
Birdwatching is a big part of Okarito and the surrounding area. For more information
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.