Taking it Slow
While on the West Coast we were based in Okarito, staying in the Rimu House at the Okarito Beach House
DOC describes Okarito as:
“Ōkārito is a coastal settlement bounded by ocean, estuary, sea cliffs, lush forest and unsurpassed views of the Southern Alps. This small village is now home to around 30 permanent residents, but it was once a gold mining boom town.”
This is the Okarito Wharf and Boat Shed.
During the gold rush of the 1860’s the Okarito wharf saw over five hundred miners disembark in one day, arriving in vessels from New Zealand, Australia and the rest of the world. The resident harbour master strictly enforced maritime law and ensured there was no loose behaviour and Okarito grew to be the third largest port on the West Coast. For over a decade there were regular services sailing directly to Australia. Source: Article Okarito by Glacier Country Tourism Group