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“Untouched Beauty of Wilderness”

Oparara Kahurangi National Park Guided Tours
Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Karamea
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

If you go to N.Z. you should go up the west coast to Karamea and then on to Oparara. It is about 45-60mins depending on weather from Karamea but well worth the time. It is a magic area. You could walk for 1-2hrs. It is fairly easy walking. When I came to the reasonably small hole that we had to climb down, I was taken back. Then I said to myself I didn't come all this way to miss out now and took a deep breath and climbed down into the cave which was aweinspiring with the sun shining through onto the water and it was simply stunning!

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Reviewed August 30, 2012

In pursuit of off-the-beaten-track places we ended up in Karamea and the national park north of the town for couple of days and it was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. The forest is a bewitching place to be and reverberates with bird life. The limestone caves are well worth a visit, as is Scott's Beach, an hour's walk up the Heaphy Track. We had this beautiful stretch of sand to ourselves for an hour of photography and contemplation. This area is out of the way but pays back the effort to get there in bucket loads.

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Reviewed March 29, 2012

Spent two nights in Karamea looking around. One of the members in our group was there for a week - this trip was his highlight. Two of us are from the West Coast but had never been to Karamea and really enjoyed it. Great native forest and scenery on the walk up and back and the cave was good too. The guide was knowledgable and an assett to the company. Great collection of bones, loads of different cave formations and glowworms! We walked up to the Oparara Arch after out trip. Such an amazing area!

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Reviewed October 5, 2010

So beautiful, words don't seem good enough. It's like stepping back into prehistoric times. Firstly, you walk through ancient rain forest, it's seems to vibrate with life. Then you go into the lime stone caves. They are huge and awe inspiring. The whole area is unforgettable. I didn't want to leave and long to return. One of the top spots in New Zealand, and if you go in the Winter, it's almost tourist free. I'd highly recommend it to anyone.

3  Thank Spottletoes
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Reviewed September 15, 2008

I had the great experince of visiting the Oparara Basin just out of Karamea. Anyone travelling to NZ and wanting to see the beauty that it is so Famous for, then you must put two nights and one day asside for this remarkable region. The Drive into the Basin should take you about 50mins. It seems like it will never end but you will come to the carpark , just set your speedometer to count 16 km.

I did the Oparara arch Guided walk and the Honey Comb Caves.
The cave system has the Largest collection of bird bones and the guide tells you how they came to be there and what they are. The guides are very knowledgable and definatly make the trip. You can only see the Cave system with a guide and it is a small price to pay for so much information and knowledge. An added bonus is that you get to see some awsome glow worm displays also. The walk in is really beautiful to and sometimes you are in really dense rainforest. You feel like you are in the middle of no where.

The Oparara arch is a walkway you can do independatly but with a guide you feel like you get so much more out of the trip. The veiw sare beautiful and the tracks are very well maintained.

While there, make sure to do all the other short walks in the region because they are all unique and beautiful.

7  Thank fussymis
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