Endowed with breathtaking scenery, an intriguing history and colourful characters both past and present, our guided walks offer a unique look into The Nature of Okarito.

The West Coast’s oldest building and stories of the past,  beaches, wetlands, rainforest, native birds and plants that inhabit these special places, mountains and glaciers,  a chance to meet the locals and learn about life in a remote coastal village of just 30 residents.

The Walks

Okarito Discovery  –  1 Hour Village Heritage$25 pp/under 16 $12.50



Step back in time as we explore the rooms of the West Coast’s oldest building, delve into the stories of the characters of Okarito then and stroll through the village and into the present of those who continue to live in this unique village of just 30 residents.  An easy and very informative 1 hour stroll through the village and beach blending history, the present and the future of Okarito.

Mountains to Sea – 2 Hour Okarito Trig Track $40 pp/under 16 $20





Beginning with an introduction into the life and times of Okarito, we depart the historic Donovan’s Store and village and head into the rainforest on the recently refurbished “Trig Track”.  This historic track takes us through coastal rainforest of ferns and mosses, bird song and giant rimu and kahikatea trees to a magnificent lookout of the Okarito Lagoon, surrounding forest, the Okarito and North Beaches and Tasman Sea and the Southern Alps.

Coastal Rainforest – 3.5 Hour Three Mile Lagoon$65 pp/under 16 $30

Once home to hundreds of people, Three Mile Lagoon now lays peacefully beneath the Southern Alps offering home and shelter to none other than little blue penguins and native birds.  Departing Donovan’s Store, we embark on a route once taken by Jim Donovan himself on this historic track of the 1800’s.  We wind our way through coastal rainforest with remarkable views out over the Tasman Sea from the tops of the bluffs until we reach Three Mile Lagoon.  After a relaxing and rejuvenating break with refreshments, we return along the beach beneath the towering bluffs, watching for oyster catchers, New Zealand fur seals and sometimes Hector’s Dolphins playing in the waves.

All walks depart from and return to Donovan’s Store in the centre of Okarito Village on The Strand. Please check in 15 minutes prior to departure.

Departure Times:

January Schedule (note: this schedule is a guideline and subject to change – please call or email to confirm)

Check in and briefing is at Donovan’s Store on The Strand in Okarito 15 minutes prior to departure.

9:30-10:30 AM  Okarito Discovery Village Heritage Walk

2:30-4:30 PM   Mountains to Sea/Trig Walk

by arrangement – Coastal Rainforest Walk – please contact us to arrange best times/tides for this 3.5-4 hour walk.

Group size is limited to 12 people per trip to ensure a personable, informative and engaging walk.

These walks are part of a Department of Conservation concession ensuring a portion of all proceeds returns to the conservation of our wild places and historic buildings.  The Nature of Okarito Guided Walks also donates directly to the Okarito Community Association in support of the use of the historic Donovan’s Store.