Feel like getting away from it all? Even just for half a day? Why not head for the beach at Ōkārito, it’s only 25 minutes’ drive from Franz Josef Glacier and there are several walking tracks including this one pictured 🙌 Details below.
Three Mile Pack Track – Ōkārito Coastal Walk
Time: 3 hr 30 min return
Distance: 9.8 km
Note: Walking along the beach to or from the Three Mile Lagoon is only recommended within one hour each side of low tide. However the actual times can be affected by natural influences such as tide heights and storm surges. Allow 1 hour 20 minutes to walk along the beach between the Three Mile Lagoon and Okarito township. Check the tide times at the car park.
Follow the Ōkārito Wetland Walk before continuing through coastal forest to climb over the Kohuamarua Bluff. The track meanders through wind-shorn rimu, rata and silver pine forest before dropping down to Three Mile Lagoon – a sheltered estuary fringed with rimu forest.
A bridge crosses the lagoon but there is no track beyond this point. You can return to Ōkārito via the pack track or, if the tide allows, follow the coastline back along the beach.