Karamea has a relaxed ‘off the beaten track’ feel. The area is a natural wonderland bordered by Kahurangi National Park and the Tasman Sea. Explore the enchanting lost world of the Oparara Basin, with easy access to the Moria Gate and Oparara Arches. Follow in the footsteps of moas in the sprawling Honeycomb Hill Cave system. And step out (or bike, in season) on the Heaphy Track, a Great Walk.
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 24/7 fuel supply, mechanics, freight service, restaurants and cafés, and a range of transport and accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets.
Spectacular Coastal Views
The 1½ hour drive from Westport to Karamea is one of the finest in the South Island, and features stunning coastal scenery, a peppering of friendly small towns, and at the heart of it all, the impressive Karamea Bluff. The road twists and turns over the Bluff, and offers spectacular views of the distant coast, and an unparalleled stream of roadside biodiversity. Take care on the windy stretches, but overall the road is easy to drive and sealed all the way.