February in Okarito

Still Waters, Clear Skies and the Southern Alps

February brought with it beautiful sunny days and showed off some of the best of the West Coast.  With the White Heron chicks stretching their wings and coming to the lagoon to feed, Royal Spoonbills in increasing numbers, and loads of orchids in bloom, it was a wonderful month all round.

Clear still mornings offered passengers some magic photographic opportunities for white herons with the snow clad peaks of the Southern Alps as a backdrop – a rare sight indeed for many as the great white heron is more of a tropical bird – New Zealand being such an extreme climate for their survival this is a sight not seen by many!

Morning Tea in the Rainforest

All two hour trips offer a stop off in the rainforest along the waterways of the Okarito River.  Skipper Swade brews up fresh pots of coffee and tea and offers up his famous homemade cookies.  These are great opportunities to stretch the legs, have a chat with Swade and learn more about the forest plants and birdlife.  (and have another cookie or two!)

Family and Group Trips

February brought this group to Okarito for a private champagne boat tour followed by a BBQ hosted by Paula & Swade.  We had a brilliant afternoon and evening with two boat tours, loads of birds to be seen on the lagoon and topped off with champagne and treats in the rainforest.  After time on the water, it was back to Kotuku Lodge for barbecued lamb and salmon, fresh local salads and breads and homemade carrot cake for dessert!  A special gift was presented to each in the group – an autographed copy of “Landscapes of New Zealand” , a stunning collection of work by Okarito photographer Andris Apse. See www.andrisapse.com for more of his works.

We are happy to cater to your group with private bookings and specials – just drop us a line!

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