Oparara Basin Walking Tracks

Oparara Basin Walking Tracks

Oparara Basin Walking Tracks
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Steve W
Nelson, New Zealand937 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
It's a bit of a drive on gravel from Karamea but it's worth the effort. The limestone arches are an easy walk and the guided cave your was a real treat, informative and fun.
Written 3 November 2021
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Sarah R
Balclutha36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Thanks DOC - you have done and are doing a great job making this beautiful area accessible. We enjoyed the 15 minute walk up the river to the arches, then shifted the car 2 km and saw the caves. Stunning! We loved the friendly weka too.
Written 16 July 2021
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Picton, New Zealand150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Well maintained easy tracks with impressive trees some of which are hundreds of years old. Keep an eye out for the rare Whio/Blue Duck on the streams.
Written 28 May 2021
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maureen f
nz180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Our family spent most of a day in this beautiful area. Although it's quite a slow drive in, it's well worth it. The tracks are well-formed, the info boards are great, the bush is beautiful and the arches are amazing - great day out!
Written 8 May 2021
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67arda
North Shore, New Zealand155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
pack your picnic and spend the day - stunning day, fossicking, exploring, and each corner was another wow moment - our photos didnt do this area justice, but we're so glad able to visit, not rushed for time and see nature in its glory
Written 9 January 2021
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tesstravels10
christchurch140 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Another fabulous walk through the forest to the Oparara Arch, well maintained path most of the time but there are short flights of stairs at intervals and places where it is not possible to have a groomed pathway. The cascades were beautiful, enjoyed the bright orange water, all the mosses and lichens, huge ferns. The last bit where you look up to the arch was a bit hairy as there was a notice a few minutes before not to stop in the area due to the danger of rocks falling and having had heavy rain all the previous day .... Scrambled up the last stairway to snap a few photos of the inside of the huge cavern and the opening at the opposite end. Definitely worth seeing, 25 minutes one way.
Written 1 November 2020
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68skp70
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand324 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
We went up with the Oparara guided tour which I’ve commented on separately. The road up is bumpy and I wouldn’t suggest going up in a non SUV vehicle especially not on wet weather. The track to the arches is really easy walking due to a recent upgrade. We saw a pair of whio ducks too. For the best views when you get the the gate go down the bank to the river bed. Really nice flush toilets and picnic spot at the public car park.
Written 27 October 2020
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ReeDee77
Christchurch, New Zealand29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
We were in a camper van and had been advised that we needed to book a tour to access the caves - this is a DOC protected site and owing to natural hazards absolutely required. The road in is NOT Campervan friendly but you can hire cars at the Isite in Market Place (Karamea Village). If you are in a camper DO NOT attempt to go up this road. The tour included pick up, transport, a local guide, a delicious homemade lunch and drop off. Our tour guide was AMAZING. He had a natural affinity with the great outdoors and we honestly felt like we were with a botanist! His knowledge was AMAZING but he made it fun for the kids and adults alike. The pace was just right and all our questions were honestly answered. Our lunch was YUM and coupled with homemade baking and a steaming cup of tea. The caving was exceptional and I am mildly claustrophobic. There was one part where I felt uncomfortable but the cave it self was open and not closed in. We also were upright the entire time which helped. The arches were breath-taking. Honestly you just can't imagine the size, scope or beauty of them. This is a MUST do if you are in the area. The arches are free however if you have the money go on a guided tour. We now know a lot more than we did and the kids had fun on the rest of our trip looking for native flora and fauna that was pointed out and identified by our tour guide.
Written 27 September 2020
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AndEri38
Auckland Central, New Zealand81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This is New Zealand bush at its best. Primeval seems an understatement. This is a must do experience - the bush, the caves, the walks all demand more time than you have. This is a place you will want to come back to. If you are a photographer you are in heaven - take all of your lenses because you will need them!!
Written 20 August 2020
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand890 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Beautiful nz nature. So good to see how this has been taken care of by DOC for future generations. The drive in is pretty tricky with a one lane road that is twisty but in pretty good condition, we were expecting it to be gravel. We drove from Westport and had a pit stop in Karamea (nice clean bathrooms). Good information boards and well signposted. The Oparara Arch walk has a few stairs but is well worth the walk. Hard to photograph as it is so large. Whisky coloured water was really cool. The Moria arch was beautiful and that was a nice walk but we got constant rain which was a pain as we got soaking wet but had brought a change of clothes with us which was a godsend. Even though the weather was bad the place was really busy and people making use of the picnic tables. Weka and other birds were all out and it was nice just to watch them. So remote and relaxing. We allowed 3 hours to have a look at the caves and both arches and could have spent longer had the weather been better. Need moderate level of fitness, good shoes and torches for caves.
Written 18 July 2020
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