View of the Ōkārito from above
Image: Andris Apse | ©



Ōkārito is a coastal settlement bounded by ocean, estuary, sea cliffs, lush forest and unsurpassed views of the Southern Alps. This small village is now home to around 30 permanent residents, but it was once a gold mining boom town.

Be sure to visit Donovan’s Store and the Ōkārito wharf to learn more about this town that almost reverted into the wilderness – take the time to explore and imagine what it was like in days gone by.

Find things to do and places to stay Ōkārito area

Whitebaiting is very popular in Ōkārito. In season there are often good catches to be had at the mouth of the Ōkārito Lagoon. Make sure you obey whitebait regulations


Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 752 0360
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   69 Cron Street
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Postal Address:   PO Box 14
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
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