Things to Do
Karamea has something to suit everyone - the tramper and caver, birdwatcher and botanist, hunter and fisherman... or simply a family holiday 'away from it all.'
The area boasts three main walking tracks: the Heaphy, Wangapeka and Karamea–Leslie. The Heaphy Track is one of the most famous New Zealand walks and is suitable for trampers of all ages. The Wangapeka Track is more suited to the equipped back country tramper. Both tracks take about 4 days. Back country experience and a good level of fitness is also needed for the Karamea–Leslie Track. Hut passes are required on the Heaphy, Wangapeka and Karamea–Leslie tracks. For further information or hut passes contact the Information and Resource Centre at Karamea.
The Karamea River is a fisherman’s paradise: trout fishing and whitebaiting (in season) and kahawai at the rivermouth. Surfcasters can try their luck between the Flagstaff and the Kohaihai, or from Fisherman’s Rock at the southern end of Scott’s Beach. Helifishing by arrangement.
River swimmimg in the Wanganui, Karamea, Oparara and Kohaihai Rivers. The swimming pool adjacent to the school is open over the summer. Check at the Info Centre for opening hours.
WARNING: Do not swim in the open sea.