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Okarito

Okarito is about ten kilometres of the main highway. The junction for Okarito at the Forks is between Franz Josef and Lake Wahapo and easy to miss. The journey is worth the effort even if you are walking and you could easily spend a few days here to appreciate the area.
The Southern Alps seen from the Okarito camp site.
The town of Okarito is small and spread out along a single road which backs onto the beach and the campsite. The camp site has basic amenities which consists of a toilet and a cold shower. The payment for the camp site is via an honesty box.
There are commanding views of the Southern alps from the camp site which is directly on the beach. The camp site sits directly on the beach which is littered with drift wood so there is no shortage fire wood.
   
Donavons store at Okarito.
The Southern Alps tower above this coastal community.

For more majestic views of the Southern Alps there is the Trig Point above Okarito which gives a panoramic view of the mountains with a plaque pointing out the various mountains. The track upto the observation deck passes through bush which has benches on the way up for those that feel they need a rest. Even though the climb is not too strenuous it is worth taking your time to appreciate the scenery and flora.
Okarito is the home of Keri Hulme who wrote the ''Bone People which won the Booker literary prize in 1985.
The artist has a wealth of material here and be prepared to do a number of sketchs or even painting's.