Oparara Honeycomb Cave

Things to Do in and Around Karamea

Limestone arch formations are a special feature of the area. Just a short drive from Karamea is the Oparara Arch, which spans the Oparara River, the Moria Gate Arch, Crazy Paving Caves and the Mirror Tarn. You can also take a tour to experience the Honeycomb Hill Caves and the Oparara basin area with a knowledgeable guide – www.oparara.co.nz

There are a variety of day walks such as the Nikau walk, Scotts Beach, the Big Rimu Tree, Fenian Track, Mt Stormy and the first legs of the Wangapeka or the Heaphy Tracks.

Karamea is one of the world’s best trout and surf-fishing spots, so bring your rods and tackle if you’re into angling and we’ll tell you where the big brown trout are or where to go surf fishing. Not to mention the famous whitebait. Riverstone has nets available for guests to use.

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Bird watchers will need their binoculars, local bird species include; heron, kiwi, weka, tui, fantail, pied stilt, fantail, pukeko, swans, the rare blue duck, kaka, NZ falcon, kea, pigeon, robin, parakeet, paradise duck, and tomtit, to name just a few, it is thought that the kokako may still be present in the area.

Other popular pastimes at Karamea include mountain biking, kayaking, anthropology, archaeology, and surfing. There is also an excellent museum for local history.

Or just do nothing, it’s a great place for it. Listen to the Tasman Sea roll up the beach while you read your book, relax to the twittering of birds singing or the breeze rustling the leaves of the native trees, and enjoy a wine in the afternoon sun. The choice is yours but it’s all here at Riverstone Karamea and we look forward to seeing you soon.