End of the line for State Highway 67 is at the settlement of Karamea, set in a sheltered basin with a backdrop of the vast Kahurangi National Park. Some call it a ‘sleepy hollow’, a place to chill out and do nothing at all. But it’s also the gateway to the Heaphy Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, and also the Wangapeka and Karamea-Leslie Tracks for the more adventurous. The scenery here is simply spectacular, from the lush rainforest bristling with tall nikau palms to the largest limestone arches in the Southern Hemisphere. You could be tempted to raft an exhilarating Grade 4/5 wild river or check out a heritage cave littered with the fossilized remains of extinct birds.
Experience another world in the upper Oparara Valley where three gigantic limestone arches bridge the river. Explore via a network of rainforest trails or take a guided tour into Honeycomb Cave. [More]
Karamea is the southern gateway for the Kahurangi National Park, second largest wilderness in NZ. Walk the iconic four day Heaphy Track to Golden Bay or choose from any number of smaller hikes. [More]
Forget crowded tourist hotspots, chances are when wandering one of Karamea’s stunning white sand beaches you’ll have it all to yourself. And at the end of the day, take in a glorious ocean sunset. [More]
All Karamea’s best attractions have been enhanced and developed by locals over the years, So what better way to experience them than with a friendly local guide who can tailor a trip to your needs. [More]
Karamea is a walker’s paradise, with dozens of tracks exploring its unique hinterland. Fitness ranges from the easy 30 minute Nikau Walk to the challenging 8 hour return track up Mt Stormy. [More]
Karamea’s rainforests are alive with birds including native pigeon, fantail, bush robin, weka, bellbirds and tui. You might even spot a kaka parrot. Don’t miss the resident seabirds either - gulls, shags and oystercatchers. [More]