Okari Estuary

This unique, secluded spot offers you the best of New Zealand all in one!

You will be staying on a working dry stock farm which runs along the length of the Okari Estuary, the beach across from it is barely accessible by anyone other than from the farm. On the northern boundary the Okari River winds its way up through native bush. The back of the farm is native bush, one the last areas of northern rata podocarp forest left remaining.

The special unique location of the estuary could almost be regarded as your own private domain. Public access is extremely restricted, so you are very unlikely to ever encounter another soul. The beach adjacent to the estuary is 5km of seclusion protected at either end by rivers with no bridges.

Activities

Birding

There are large numbers of resident wekas on the farm. There are kiwis in the bush behind the house. Godwits visit the estuary every year on their migratory course. There are large pockets of undeveloped native bush that are home to an extensive array of birdlife including kiwi. The farm runs the length the Okari estuary with the Okari River on the northern boundary. Cape Foulwind area is one of the few remaining pockets of weka in New Zealand.

Kayaking

Kayaking is safe in the estuary and up Okari River. We provide kayaks and lifejackets. Swimming is safe in the river and in the sea.  Kaimoana – surfcasting on beach, food gathering on estuary, trout fishing in river.

Photography

There are plenty of photography opportunities to suit amateurs and professionals. The light constantly changes on the stunning landscape and seascape. Spectacular sunsets with many vantage points, rocks, trees, logs etc. birds and seclusion

 

Walks – There are numerous walks around the farm and bushwalks are available. Walking the estuary and beach can make you feel there is nobody else left in the world. Enjoy being on a farm and interact with all the farm animals.