West Coast, Other

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what exactly will i get?

Did you know?
Okarito lagoon is New Zealand’s largest unmodified wetland area – surrounded by national park and rainforest, home to a variety of wading and forest birds and takes a special place in the history books of the West Coast.

Join Paula and Swade onboard the ‘Explorer Douglas’. During your 2 hour EcoTour they engage in both an informative and friendly way to help you discover the absolute magic of Okarito and its stunning environment – from wetlands to rainforest and mountain landscapes, and an amazing diverse range of bird life.

Then join us at Glacier Valley Eco Tours on our Okarito Eco Tour – a 2.5 hour easy guided walk with one of our knowledgeable local guides. Explore the old gold mining township of Okarito, and the walks it has to offer. Mountain and glacier views, flora and fauna, unique birds and wildlife, lagoon, beach, rich history and amazing sunsets; this is one of New Zealand’s hidden gems. We can tailor this trip to suit you – and if you like photography, then we never turn down the opportunity to pop in to see world renowned Andris Apses’ photography gallery while we are there!

What to Bring

Outdoor clothing for the day’s weather conditions, spare warm top layer of clothing, comfortable walking shoes, sun hat, sunblock, lip balm, sunglasses, camera and water bottle.


  • 2 hours guided tour on the “Explorer Douglas” – customised for the Okarito lagoon and wetlands
  • Lunch ($20 value) included for free!
  • Hot drink and home baked treat on board
  • Bookmark with a check list for the birds you have seen while on board
  • Guided tour of Okarito township and forest walk
  • Hot drink and biscuits

Wow!! Where can I get this awesome deal again?

Glacier Valley Eco Tours Ltd

20 Main Road

State Highway 6

Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier

West Coast 7856

Okarito Boat Eco Tours

The Strand



West Coast 7857

Who is this?

Glacier Valley Eco Tours

Glacier Valley Eco Tours is a NZ locally owned & operated family business with 20 years of experience guiding in NZ national parks. We specialise in small-group guided walking tours in Glacier Country, West Coast New Zealand.

We provide guests with personal, informative and relaxed eco-style tours which walk at your pace, with plenty of opportunities to take photos, stand under waterfalls, hold ice out of the river and treasure hunt for native flowers, birds, mushrooms and wildlife. Stop for a cup of tea with magnificent views and a chat with your experienced guide. All our half day tours are suitable for all ages and abilities; backpackers, couples and families including young children.

Okarito Boat Eco Tours

We are a partner team – Swade and Paula – and we’ll tell you the stories of past and present that intertwine the history of this place with life in Okarito today. Through the waterways that make up the West Coast – from gold seekers of the 1860’s to flax milling and timber harvesting to the conservation work being undertaken today. We are so fortunate to call this magnificent place home – literally untouched by time. We hope you’ll take the step off the beaten path to visit Okarito.
We invite you to come and visit Okarito on one of our boat tours and experience the magic of this small village with the big landscapes – and New Zealand’s largest unmodified wetlands – over 3000 hectares, only a 25-minute drive from Franz Josef Glacier.
Yes! there are white herons here year round, as well as royal spoonbills – plenty of birdlife and so much more to see!

Join us on a REAL nature tour of our beautiful area in Aotearoa New Zealand.