Okarito Westland

Okarito is a ‘must-explore’ for bird lovers and there is so much more to offer as well. The rugged Southern Alps dominate the landscape inland, with the impressive expanse of the estuarine Okarito Lagoon along the coast.

For those who like history, there is former gold town to explore. For walkers there are wetland, coastal or trig station walks close by and challenging tramps up the Whataroa Valley.

To get your fill of birds, spend time on the lagoon or visit the white heron colony in the Waitangi Roto Nature Reserve.

The farming community of Whataroa is blessed with expansive views of the mountains, glacial rivers and lakes across farmland fringed with native forest.

Okarito Boat Tours  offer small and personalized tour exploring the magnificent and untouched serenity of New Zealand’s largest unmodified wetland, over 3000 hectares and part of the South Westland World Heritage area.