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Okārito Nature Tour

Embark on the Ōkārito Nature Tour with Glacier Valley Eco Tours and explore a hidden gem of New Zealand's South Westland.


Just a 20-minute drive from Franz Josef Glacier, the small coastal village of Ōkārito offers an unparalleled bird-watching experience amidst stunning natural diversity. Suitable for all ages and abilities, this tour includes a shuttle service from the Franz Josef township or guests can meet us in Okarito. The tour guides you through lush rainforests, estuaries, sea cliffs and wetlands, revealing breathtaking views of the Southern Alps, including Aoraki/Mt Cook, Mt Tasman and even Franz Josef Glacier on clear days. Delve into the rich history of gold mining and early settlement with the opportunity to encounter the area's rich birdlife - up to 76 bird species, such as the white heron, kea, fernbirds and kakariki.


Visit the Ōkārito Community Native Plant Nursery to plant a native tree as part of our Okarito Restoration project. Immerse yourself in the mystique of Ōkārito and its spectacular sunsets, making it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts. Book your tour today and uncover the natural wonders of Ōkārito!

* PLEASE CALL US FOR LAST-MINUTE OR SAME-DAY AVAILABILITY: 0800 925 586 or +64 (0) 21 880 458


  • Check-in: 10:15 am (Glacier Valley Eco Tours office - Franz Josef.)

  • Departs Franz Josef Glacier: 10:30 am 

  • Alternatively, meet at Okārito at 11 am.

  • Returns: 2:00 pm (Okarito), 2:30 pm (Franz Josef Glacier).


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