Ōkārito is a coastal settlement with stunning wetlands to explore.


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Wetland walk

  • Time: 20 minutes.
  • Skill level: Easy.

From the car park by the Okarito School House this track winds though bush before crossing the estuary on a curving boardwalk.

Credit: Mike Dickison

Three Mile Pack Track – Okarito coastal walk

  • Time: 3.5 hours.
  • Skill level: Easy.

Only suitable within 2 hours either side of low tide. Follows coastal forest to climb over Kohuamarua Bluff to Three Mile Lagoon.

Credit: Stewart Nimmo

Okarito Trig walk

  • Time: 1.5 hours.
  • Skill level: Easy

Winds gently uphill on well-graded track to a survey trig for amazing views.

The Ōkārito Trig walk initially follows the Ōkārito Wetland Walk and Three Mile Track before branching off to the left after around ten to fifteen minutes walking. The walk winds gently uphill on a well-graded track, steep in places and a little slippery when wet, before reaching the Ōkārito Trig viewpoint.

On a clear day, the view is unbeatable overlooking Westland Tai Poutini National Park from the snow-capped Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana across extensive native forest to the lagoons and beaches of the coast. The viewpoint at the top has signage to help visitors identify the mountains and flora and fauna. The view from the peak is spectacular at sunset!

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Okarito 7886, New Zealand
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