Welcome to Okarito


Okarito has no shops, limited visitor facilities and patchy phone reception, so stock up and book before you arrive.


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Okarito activities

$703.38 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour or Transfer to Franz Josef Glacier

Meet and greet at your accommodation in Christchurch or at the international airport of Christchurch. Travel in an SUV 4WD with commentary from your driver/guide. First stop is Castle Hill and its limestone formations then onward to Arthur's Pass village for a quick cup of coffee/tea and a short walk to look at the Bealey Chasm and the Devil's Punchbowl Fall.The Otira Viaduct Lookout gives you a perspective of how  stage coaches made their way from the West Coast through this dangerous pass. Continue towards Hokitika for some lunch(at your cost) and to observe some Pounamu(greenstone) craftsmanship. After lunch a short trail through forest and dunes to reach the coastline and observe the wild nature of the Tasman sea.Pass through Ross village and its historic gold mining cottages and through Whataroa and the White Heron Colony (extra cost - this activity must be pre booked) or choose to visit Okarito and do a short excursion by kayak on the tranquil lagoon to observe natural fauna and admire the flora with a specialized guide (extra cost can be paid directly to operator). From here it is a short drive to Franz Josef where your driver/guide will transfer you to your accommodation and bid you farewell.

$703.38 Transfers & Ground Transport

Christchurch Full Day Private Transfer or Tour from Franz Josef

Meet and greet at your accommodation in Franz Josef. Travel in an SUV 4WD with commentary from your driver/guide through Ross village and its historic gold mining cottages and through Whataroa and the White Heron Colony (- this activity must be pre booked and an extra cost ) or choose to visit Okarito and do a short excursion by kayak on the tranquil lagoon to observe natural fauna and admire the flora with a specialized guide (extra cost can be paid directly to operator). Continue towards Hokitika for some lunch(at your cost) and to observe some Pounamu(greenstone) craftsmanship. After lunch a short trail through forest and dunes to reach the coastline and observe the wild nature of the Tasman sea. We continue in the afternoon towards the Otira Viaduct Lookout which gives you a perspective of how  stage coaches made their way from the West Coast through this dangerous pass. A quick stop is provided at  Arthur's Pass village for a quick cup of coffee/tea and a short walk to look at the Bealey Chasm and the Devil's Punchbowl Falls . Onward to  Castle Hill and its limestone formations then finally head to Christchurch where your driver/guide will transfer you to your accommodation and bid you farewell.  This activity can be done in the reverse order.

$56.27 Outdoor Activities

Okarito Eco Tour

Meet in our office in Franz Josef Glacier, (or we can pick you up from your hotel accommodation in the Franz Josef township).   Enjoy the beautiful drive past rivers and Lake Mapourika, to the village of Okarito. Approx 30 min drive.  We may stop along the way to show you specific interests we think you may enjoy ie historic or natural highlights. Visit the historic wharf shed of Okarito and talk with your guide about the historic whaling, flax and gold mining industries this village used to provide.  Depending on the day and your requirements, we may go out to the beach to get a good view of the mountains for you to photograph.   We then begin the Okarito Trig Walk, a 1.5 approx walk up to a lookout to get those 360 spectacular views. Head back to our office in Franz Josef in our minivan (or transfer back to your accommodation in Franz Josef township).