Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Okarito Majesty

Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 24 ?

Gnarl Factor: 65 ?








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Type of Run

Back country - remote


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush



Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +9.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -8.9%


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In good weather the view from the Okarito Trig is arguably the greatest view in NZ. Uninterrupted views of all the highest peaks of the Southern Alps across vast swathes of West Coast forest and then the stunning wild Tasman Sea crashing at your feet.

Start at the DOC carpark across a short stretch of boardwalk and then head into the bush. The track steadily ascends following the old pack track route, and soon a junction is reached. Take the uphill option and after a short sweet steepish uphill on great trail you'll reach the trig and be rewarded with views to die for, should the weather allow. On a clear sunny day you will want to linger here and take lots of photos.

Return from the trig back to the junction and follow the remainder of the pack track as it undulates its way south to Three Mile Lagoon. Drop down to the water's edge where there's another opportunity for gobsmacking views of the mountains from the rugged Tasman Sea coastline.

Return trip is either back the same way, or if you are a couple of hours either side of low tide it's highly recommended to follow the beach back, at the foot of cliffs. Its a magnificent section of untouched wild coastline, and totally worth the extra technical bits. But make sure you have the tides right - it is impassable otherwise.

Thoroughly recommend staying in Okarito at the Campground or at the Old Schoolhouse which is bookable through DOC. Its a wonderful place to decompress, explore and there are some astounding sunsets here.

This trail includes the peak Okarito Trig.

Best view in NZ!
Iconic vistas across the Southern Alps
A gem of coastline explorations
2 Lagoons

DOC carpark at the trailhead

27 km

27 minutes




Easy to follow trail, but the coastline is not marked if you come back that way

Very patchy.

Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map


Open year round. Being the West Coast it is known to rain a bit sometimes!

As mentioned the coast section only works 2 hours either side of low tide. Otherwise just come back on the trail

Franz Josef

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Trail Reviews

Awesome trail, nice and easy underfoot too. Which makes a change from all the gnarly west coast climbs. Refreshing and beautiful, with great views and a lot of variety.

Lauren Mai Anderson

December 14, 2021

This must be one of the best 10km trail loops in nz. Unreal scenery with Bush beach lagoon and mountains. Track is undulating and well formed and can easily be done solo by less confident runners - just make sure you go at low tide, ideally in the morning as the sun rises over the mountains which is stunning.
Ps the trig detour is well worth it.

Nico Thorburn

January 16, 2021

This trail is well worth it. Beautiful bush and views out to sea and towards the mountains. Unfortunately low tide was early morning so I had to do an out and back run today but it was still spectacular. I will come back and complete the loop another time.

Vicky Youngman

January 3, 2021

Awesome run I was especially enthralled by all the Tui serenading us as we ran along the Old Pack Track such a delight. The little Tomtits and Piwakawaka kept us company flitting along in front of us and the Kereru swooped and flapped about overhead. A great track with amazing views. Be sure to visit the swing bridge when you get out to the lagoon. The lagoon had breached so a little low on the water but still amazing. The trip back along the beach was amazing in the most part. The high waves of the week before had taken out the access to the beach so rather a large scramble down and I'm a little less nimble over the rocks and them being wet from the rain falling made this section rather challenging for me and a little longer than I had imagined it would be but once we were through here it was an awesome run along the beach with the incoming tide crashing against the rocks and having a blast challenging the waves. Much Awesomeness!

Stephanie Berry

August 9, 2019

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