Okarito Lagoon

Ōkārito Lagoon is a coastal lagoon on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Bounded by ocean, estuary, sea cliffs and lush forest, this small village offers unsurpassed views of the Southern Alps.

The lagoon is now home to around 30 permanent residents. But it was once a gold mining boom town. It is located 130 kilometres south of Hokitika, and covers an area of about 3,240 hectares, making it the largest unmodified coastal wetland in New Zealand.

Take the time to explore and imagine what it was like in days gone by. Donovan’s Store and the Ōkārito wharf offer opportunities to learn more about this town that almost reverted into the wilderness.