I think I first heard of Okarito village as the home of a really excellent landscape photographer called Andris Apse. Okarito Lagoon is the main landform in the area, and there are good views of it, and on clear days of the Southern Alps (probably), from the small hill of Okarito Trig, just on the edge of the lagoon. It’s an easy walk over a wetland and up through attractive forest to get there.
We had a lot of typically wet and cloudy weather on our stay in the area, so we didn’t get the views of the Southern Alps, but it was still a nice walk. There’s also a longer option to walk down the coast a bit, and return at low tide along the coastline.
Track notes at the end.
Okarito Trig Walk: The Scenery
The track is constructed and obvious. There’s more information on tracks in the area on the DOC website. We also did a shorter walk on the drive out called the Pakihi Walk.