Okarito Lagoon is a short detour of the main west coast highway, where you can choose to hire a kayak or take a boat tour (morning tours often excellent for bird viewing). Its also one of the few locations in New Zealand where you can view kiwis in the wild. You’ll need to book this nighttime tour in advance.

Nearby Places to Stay

Whataroa

Driving Time: 24 mins (24km/15mi)

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Franz Josef

Driving Time: 29 mins (27km/17mi)

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Mt Cook

Driving Time: 6 hours 26 mins (507km/315mi)

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Nearby Places to Stay

Whataroa

Driving Time: 24 mins (24km/15mi)

See Whataroa deals

Franz Josef

Driving Time: 29 mins (27km/17mi)

See Franz Josef deals

Mt Cook

Driving Time: 6 hours 26 mins (507km/315mi)

See Mt Cook deals