Okarito Lagoon

Turn off Highway 6.
Whataroa, West Coast
Kahikatea and rimu rain forests surround Okarito Lagoon, New Zealand's largest unmodified wetland. Shallow open water covers over 3000 hectares to form the lagoon; a bird watcher's paradise. Commercially-run kayaking tours will take you on a tour of the Lagoon.

The White Heron tours start at Whataroa.on SH6 25 km from Okarito. There is no access to the White Heron Nesting Site from Okarito.
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  • White Heron
    White Heron
  • Okarito Lagoon
    Okarito Lagoon
  • Okarito Lagoon Location
    Okarito Lagoon Location
  • Native Orchids
    Native Orchids
  • Boat house on Okarito Lagoon
    Boat house on Okarito Lagoon
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