Welcome to Ōkārito Boat Eco Tours West Coast, New Zealand
Explore Ōkārito Lagoon
Join us on a captivating eco-boat tour, departing Ōkārito, a quaint village nestled amidst vast landscapes just a short 25-minute drive from the Franz Josef Glacier.
Ōkārito boasts New Zealand's most extensive unspoiled wetland, sprawling across over 3000 hectares. It's a haven for bird watchers, hosting white herons and royal spoonbills throughout the year amongst its rich birdlife. Come and discover one of the top rated things to do in Ōkārito and the hidden gems of this remarkable locale!
Ōkārito Eco Tour
Immerse yourself in the unique diversity of New Zealand's largest wetland with our most popular trip, the Okarito Eco Tour. This intimate, small group tour takes you on an unforgettable journey aboard the Explorer Douglas which was custom built for the lagoon. Journey through breathtaking landscapes with views of the Southern Alps tallest peaks, glaciers, ancient Kahikatea forest, wetland, ocean and everything in between. Discover and learn about the unique eco system and keep your eyes peeled for the abundance of wildlife that call this place home!
Please contact us for rates and information. Starting from $495 for up to 5 people. Larger groups can be accommodated.
We can also arrange group or private photography workshops in Ōkārito. Visit our Photography Workshops page for more.
Are you a photographer or an organisation looking for the ultimate location to host a photographers workshop or retreat? We can help with all aspects! Get in touch.
Paula & Swade
Meet us, Swade and Paula, your hosts at Okarito. We'll guide you through the intertwined history and present of this town, from the gold rush era to the ongoing conservation work. Our home is a timeless wonder, unspoiled and rich in heritage. We invite you to step off the well-trodden path and discover the magic of Okarito.
Ōkārito Plant Project
As a founding member of the Ōkārito Plant Project, Ōkārito Boat Eco Tours takes immense pride in our commitment to safeguard and revive natural ecosystems. This innovative initiative urges communities and businesses alike to join hands in protecting our precious biodiversity and breathing new life into our critical forests, waterways and wetlands.
Visitors to the area can learn about the project when they book a tour or purchase a product from an official member business. By supporting these businesses, including Ōkārito Boat Eco Tours, you are supporting the Ōkārito Plant Project.