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Oparara Basin

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This walk has to be one of the wonders of the West Coast. Yes, it is in an isolated area, accessed... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gill H
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Amazing geological site....

After driving in on the mostly one-way gravel road that goes up & down through thick forests, we... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Karamea 7893, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This walk has to be one of the wonders of the West Coast. Yes, it is in an isolated area, accessed via a 14 kilometre gravel road which is windy. The facilities at the entrance to the walk are excellent with flush toilets, shelter, picnic...More

Thank Gill H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After driving in on the mostly one-way gravel road that goes up & down through thick forests, we arrived at a very modern parking area with bathrooms. The hike up to the arch can be tricky if there have been recent rains, but well worth...More

1  Thank billdog1946
Reviewed 11 September 2018

A truly beautiful part of the walk. We drive in up the 14km of unsealed road. Steep and narrow and a 35km/hr speed limit so drive carefully. Parked at the main car park where there are several visitor boards with great historical information about the...More

Thank TaurangaTikiTourer
Reviewed 28 April 2018

A stunning area. Moria arch is my favourite. climb over the rocky track and wow. Oparara is larger. The road is not suitable for campervans or towing vehicles. In fact 18 people had to be rescued in eight weeks end of 2017 and apparently has...More

3  Thank nzp0ppy
Reviewed 28 April 2018

Being in our seventies I was not sure how we would manage. We went to the higher arch first a nice walk with steep stairs but also some lower spots with small sandy beaches and the brown water of the river. It was drizzling but...More

1  Thank 2ofus1967
Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

Quite a long ride to this arch but worth it. Would happily go again and great walk to the archway. Love the gorgeous rain forest.

Thank Nicole S
Reviewed 7 April 2018

This place is world class, and yet tucked away and relatively un touristed. Awesome limestone arches, amazing Honeycomb Hill caves with 1000 year old Moa bones, beautiful forest dripping with ferns and moss. We hired a car for $75 per day from Karamea Transport and...More

Thank gcareys
Reviewed 2 April 2018

For a plant lover the eerie nature of the moist rainforest is quite magical in the rain. Dripping lichens & soft, spongy mosses make a fantastic scene. The road in is a challenge for small cars but 4WD is not required.

Thank zhuhai2007
Reviewed 25 March 2018

Oparara Basin is a uniquely beautiful park in the NW corner of the South Island. It has a wonderful limestone cave system accessible only via a guided tour. Our tour guide, Bill, was a native of the region and wonderfully informative about the region's history,...More

Thank Virginia2Go
Reviewed 7 March 2018

I travelled to the Oparara Basin with a small group visiting the West Coast. The drive in is along a narrow gravel road, around 15km in length. The were around 35 vehicles in the carpark at the time we arrived so care is needed during...More

Thank Peter C
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25 July 2017|
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Response from Au W | Reviewed this property |
Sorry didn't see your question up to now. We went there unguided and didn't have any problem. There's only one road going to the basin so very to find it. The only advantage of going there with guides is they can tell you... More