Story: West Coast places

Ōkārito Lagoon

Ōkārito Lagoon

Ōkārito’s shallow lagoon is held in place by a sandbar covered in dunes. The size of the outlet to the sea varies according to currents and sea conditions. The settlement of Ōkārito is at the bottom of the picture, partly obscured by trees.

During the gold-rush period, from the late 1860s to the 1880s, small ships that had travelled across the Tasman Sea from Australia moored in the lagoon, and unloaded people and supplies.

Using this item

acpalmer photography
Photograph by Andy Palmer

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Simon Nathan, 'West Coast places - Ross to Ōkārito', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/21026/okarito-lagoon (accessed 16 July 2019)

Story by Simon Nathan