Okarito Trig Walk and Three Mile Lagoon

Okarito Trig Walk and Three Mile Lagoon

Okarito Trig Walk and Three Mile Lagoon
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Choose from three walks of varying lengths, from the short, easy access Ōkārito Wetland Walk, to the longer Three Mile Pack Track. Ōkārito Wetland Walk - Time: 20 min return Ōkārito Trig Walk - Time: 1 hr 30 min return Three Mile Pack Track - Ōkārito Coastal Walk - Time: 3 hr 30 min return Stunning and diverse scenery dominates the small coastal settlement of Ōkārito - windswept coastline, tidal estuary, lagoon, sea cliffs, lush rainforest and unsurpassed views of the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana. Thousands of native birds (more than 76 different species) visit the Ōkārito Lagoon and many make their home in the vicinity, including the famous kōtuku/white heron and royal spoonbills. Getting there Drive 15 km north from Franz Josef Township on State Highway 6 to an Ōkārito Forks turnoff signposted on the left. Drive 13 km along a sealed road to Ōkārito.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Scott B
    Orange, Australia92 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Okarito alpine and ocean views to die for
    This was a walk I did a few years back but revisited last year. The track entrance is in town and the track quality is pretty good, although quite steep in places, but always with well-cut & maintained wooden steps. Believe me (& many others) the effort involved (it's not long) is more than worth it. The view north across the lagoon, and views right across the highest alpine peaks (incl Cook & Tasman) are to die for. Give yourself at least 1.5hours return, to relax on the platforms at the top and just admire nature. It's spectacular!
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 September 2023
  • Debbi D
    742 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great walk along the beach
    This beach is stunning! So wild and begins full of driftwood and ends full of gorgeous beach rocks. We walked for about 3 hours along the beach and were impressed by the huge waves and the green beach stones. Make sure to check the tides and go when it is low tide. We only saw one person the whole time.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 February 2024
  • jjo
    829 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Three Mile Lagoon is a great beach hike, but check the tides!
    We did the three mile lagoon hike. You hike on a trail on a bluff on the way out , about three miles. Some ocean views, but not a ton. The fun begins on the way back when you hike along the beech, It's rocky, deserted, and really feels wild. Warning: You can only do the beach hike at low tide. There is a tide chart posted at the trail head. Even at low tide we had to scramble across boulders for the first part of the return trip on the beach. Eventually it turned into an easy beach walk. You could probably walk out on the beach and back on the trail if the tides worked that way. If your timing is right, a wild and gorgeous beach hike.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 March 2024
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jjo
Chicago829 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We did the three mile lagoon hike. You hike on a trail on a bluff on the way out , about three miles. Some ocean views, but not a ton. The fun begins on the way back when you hike along the beech, It's rocky, deserted, and really feels wild. Warning: You can only do the beach hike at low tide. There is a tide chart posted at the trail head. Even at low tide we had to scramble across boulders for the first part of the return trip on the beach. Eventually it turned into an easy beach walk. You could probably walk out on the beach and back on the trail if the tides worked that way. If your timing is right, a wild and gorgeous beach hike.
Written 20 March 2024
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Debbi D
mattapoisett, ma742 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This beach is stunning! So wild and begins full of driftwood and ends full of gorgeous beach rocks. We walked for about 3 hours along the beach and were impressed by the huge waves and the green beach stones. Make sure to check the tides and go when it is low tide. We only saw one person the whole time.
Written 11 February 2024
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ShirishParanjape
Christchurch, New Zealand1,283 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Quite a climb to the top but well worth the effort. One can see Tasman sea, Okarito lagoon, West Coast rainforest and Southern Alps mountains all from the top.

Good toilets at the base near the car park.
Written 12 January 2024
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James L
Los Angeles, CA205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
If the weather is clear, this is the hike to take for the best view of the Southern Alps. It is a short uphill hike on a well-maintained trail leading to the lookout. And walking out to the beach is also worthwhile since it gives you an opportunity to look for pounamu (jade stone) at low tide.
Written 1 December 2023
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Scott B
Orange, Australia92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
This was a walk I did a few years back but revisited last year. The track entrance is in town and the track quality is pretty good, although quite steep in places, but always with well-cut & maintained wooden steps. Believe me (& many others) the effort involved (it's not long) is more than worth it. The view north across the lagoon, and views right across the highest alpine peaks (incl Cook & Tasman) are to die for. Give yourself at least 1.5hours return, to relax on the platforms at the top and just admire nature. It's spectacular!
Written 17 September 2023
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Ashley M
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Extraordinarily well maintained track. Excellent views. Well worth the detour off SH6. Undulating track until the last 300m, which are a steady climb.
Written 22 August 2023
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FarAway627703
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
A lovely experience to include in a visit to Westland NZ. A peaceful and interesting opportunity to enjoy nature in NZ.
Written 16 March 2023
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David G
Auckland, New Zealand165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
What a fantastic walk to really see the size and complexity of this World Heritage area
The track and board walk are in amazing condition
Well done DOC
Do make the effort to go up the track to the trig
The view is amazing but the journey to reach it is just a lovely journey through native forest and at the time we visited flowering rata
Written 21 April 2022
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Sawa
Christchurch, New Zealand108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
Did the Trig walk , it was a moderate walk. If you're unfit or find walking hard you may find this difficult. Its steep. Up hill a longway to the top, but so worth it for the view. I found the walk fine,was sweating but in a good way. Lovely native bush, great for bird watchers and insect lovers. So much to hear snd see along the way.

It was a short walk from our camp ground. After awhile there is a turn off for the "3 mile walk"

Written 8 January 2022
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Carol S
Nelson, New Zealand88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
We walked up to the trig and were rewarded by great views, even though cloud obscured most of the mountains. It took about 35 minutes to get to the trig on a well formed path.
Written 6 January 2022
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