West coast

Six magical ways to spend your holiday in Karamea

Tucked away in the northern most part of the West Coast of New Zealand, Karamea has a charm all of its own. Here are six magical ways you can spend your holiday there.

Oct. 31, 2018


Tucked away in the northernmost part of the West Coast of New Zealand, Karamea has a charm all of its own. Here are six magical ways you can spend your holidays there.

1. Explore the Heaphy Track

The Department of Conservation's Great Walk is right on Karamea's doorstep. The 82-kilometre, four-day tramp attracts visitors from all over the world every year. Travel through expansive tussock downs, lush forests and nīkau palms to the roaring seas of the West Coast. The Heaphy Track is well-formed and well marked. All major stream and river crossings are bridged.

2. Take to the water with Karamea Jet Boat

Karamea River Motels is home of the Karamea River Jet Scenic Tours. Explore Karamea River by zooming alongside its riverbanks and see Karamea from a whole new angle.

3. Experience the Oparara Arches

Experience four million-year-old Limestone arches, caves, whiskey coloured river, lake and rainforest all within the Kahurangi National Park. The Oparara Arches are just a 30-minute drive north of Karamea. When going here pack with you flat walking shoes, your lunch and a torch. The only access the Honeycomb Caves is through The Oparara Experience which can be booked through the Karamea Information Centre.

4. Enjoy Scott's Beach

Scotts Beach in Karamea has stunning seascapes and amazing views. The big plus is you will probably have the beach all to yourself. Drive 15 kilometres north of Karamea on the Karamea-Kohaihai Road, to the Kohaihai River and the end of the road. You will find an excellent camping and picnic area at the road end, with toilets, shelter and a telephone. There is a great, easy 2-3 hour walk that starts from the car park and follows the Kohaihai River up the valley to the long swing bridge.

5. Take a scenic flight

Air Charter Karamea offer scenic flights over the area as well as transfers for mountain bikers and hikers to the Heaphy Track or Old Ghost Road. They are the only airplane charter company in Karamea.

6. Relax and unwind

Ultimately those who visit Karamea do so to relax and unwind. It's the perfect place to bring your family for the holidays and to get away from it all. Enjoy the time out from your busy schedule, meet the locals and learn their insider tips to the area, you won't regret it.