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Karamea - the most northern town on the West Coast. With its mild climate and beautiful surroundings, Karamea has a relaxed “off the beaten track” feel.

Address: 106 Bridge Street, Market Cross, Karamea, West Coast, New Zealand Fox Glacier & West Coast



The area is a natural wonderland, and is the beginning (or end) of the famous Heaphy and Wangapeka tracks, and the Oparara Basin in the Kahurangi National Park.

Karamea is the gateway to a tramper's paradise. Head off up the track to the limestone arches of Oparara or the stunning beauty of the Heaphy track.

If you’re after peace and quiet in a beautiful setting, Karamea is literally the end of the road. If you really want to get away from it all, this is the place.

Nestled between the Kahurangi National Park and The Tasman Sea, the tiny township of Karamea is a secluded haven.

Come here to simply relax and enjoy the tranquillity, or get out and appreciate the botany and geology on tap – whether you tramp, cave, fish, birdwatch, or mountain bike. And so far as scenic drives go, the journey up the coast to Karamea is right up there.

Karamea has a supermarket, a general store, a service station for motoring needs, dining and cafés and a range of transport and accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.

Whether you enjoy caving, fishing, walking, botany, geology, hunting, or just a quiet spot to relax, enjoy time out and meet a few locals, Karamea has it all.

Some must do's for Karamea:

    Honey Comb Hill Cave and Kayak Tour with the Oparara Trust guide.   
    Explore the Oparara Valley limestone arches and Mirror Tarn.        
    Walk to Scott’s Beach along the start of the Heaphy Track.  
    Walk the Fenian Track to see the gold diggings and limestone caves.
    Visit the Colonial Museum then wander the Karamea Estuary Walk. 
    Go heli-rafting on the Karamea River
    Follow the signs from the Market Cross and visit the Land of Promise and the Karamea Gorge              
    Book a trip with a local fly fishing guide   
    Eat wild food at the Village Hotel    
    Mountain bike the K Road tracks


The pleasant 1,5 hour drive north from Westport is one of the finest drives in the South Island. Karamea Highway, Buller District, Westland

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