Okarito and Whataroa
Okarito and Whataroa are small settlements on the West Coast. The Okarito Lagoon is New Zealand's largest unmodified wetland covering 3,240 hectares of shallow water. The area is a ‘must-explore’ if you are interested in birds and there is so much more to offer as well. The rugged Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana dominate the landscape inland, with the impressive expanse of the estuarine Ōkārito Lagoon along the coast. more
For those who like history, there is former gold town to explore. For walkers there are wetland, coastal or trig station walks close by and challenging tramps up the Whataroa Valley. To get your fill of birds, spend time on the lagoon or visit the white heron colony in the Waitangi Roto Nature Reserve.
The farming community of Whataroa is blessed with expansive views of the mountains, glacial rivers and lakes across farmland fringed with native forest."
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Mobile-friendly - Glacier Country Lake Tours provides Scenic Cruises and Fishing charters on Lake Mapourika. The Hannah-K is a fully enclosed scenic tour boat designed to let you enjoy the beauty of the West Coast in comfort and style. Fish for Salmon and Trout or sit back and enjoy the panoramic mountain views, pristine rainforest and native birdlife of Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary.
Mobile-friendly - A unique kayak and stand-up paddleboard adventure awaits you, just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier! Join us for a kayak or SUP tour on Lake Mapourika, West Coast. Explore a glacial lake, native rainforest and kiwi sanctuary while enjoying views of the Southern Alps and glaciers. Free high quality digital photos are provided on all our tours.
New Zealand guided walking adventures. We are a specialist adventure tour company with decades of experience running small-group tours with the best Kiwi guides. Enjoy hikes on the Milford, Routeburn and Hollyford Tracks plus Mt Cook and Arthurs Pass. See more on our website.
Westland Tai Poutini National Park is located in 'glacier country' on the west coast of New Zealand. Dramatic contrasts mark with area with dense rainforests, grasslands, steep forested slopes, glaciers (Fox Glacier and Franz Joesph Glacier are the most well known), scenic lakes and rivers. The spectacular State Highway Six weaves its way through the edge of the park.
Mobile-friendly - Studio units and self-contained motels. Peaceful and affordable... no helicopter noise but just a short drive and you can take a sightseeing flight up to the glaciers - we can arrange the bookings for you. Guided rainforest tours and visit to New Zealand's only white heron (Kotuku) nesting colony.
Mobile-friendly - Visit New Zealand's only White Heron (Kotuku) nesting colony. The beautiful White Heron breeds only in a single secret location in what is one of the most romantic parts of the country—in the Waitangiroto nature reserve—part of the South Westland World Heritage area. Rainforest nature tours and scenic jetboating all year round.
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