Karamea has a relaxed ‘off the beaten track’ feel. The area is a natural wonderland, with the beginning or end of the famous Heaphy, Wangapeka & Karamea-Leslie Tracks and the Oparara Basin with the Honeycomb Hill Caves & Limestone Arches in the Kahurangi National Park.
Karamea is a secluded haven, situated between the mountains and the sea, on the river flats of the Karamea River and the coastal plains. Snuggled into the warm northwest corner of the South Island, it caters for the tramper and caver, birdwatcher and botanist, geologist and mountain biker, hunter and fisherman, the more adventurous kayaker and rafter... or simply those seeking a family holiday ‘away from it all.’
With its mild climate and beautiful surroundings, Karamea has a relaxed ‘off the beaten track’ feel. The area is a natural wonderland, with the beginning (or end) of the famous Heaphy, Wangapeka and Karamea–Leslie tracks, the Oparara Basin and the Fenian, all in the Kahurangi National Park.
Full range of services
Karamea has a supermarket, a general store, a fuel supply, garage, freight service, restaurants and cafés, and a range of transport and accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.
Spectacular Coastal Views
The 1½ hour drive from Westport is one of the finest in the South Island. Highlights include coastal scenery, rainforest-clad hills, friendly villages, and the impressive Karamea Bluff, which offers spectacular coastal views. The road is easy to drive and sealed all the way.