Okarito Trig & 3 Mile Lagoon
The trail takes about ninety minutes return. The site of the Okarito Trig viewing platform was once a vital hub for the first survey network. Surveyor explorers such as Julius von Haast, Gerhard Muller and Charlie Douglas viewed the “Full Frontal” of the coastline and the Southern Alps from this exact location. The trailhead is at the southern end of the Okarito village and the track itself has been rerouted with the added benefit of a gentler gradient and no steps.
Back at the village, Okarito proves that history is not just preserved in museums. Take a look at Donovan’s Store, the oldest wooden commercial building on the West Coast, the old school house which is now bunkhouse accommodation and the Boat Shed at the wharf which has its own information displays. For more information see the Department of Conservation website at www.doc.govt.nz.