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Oparara Basin

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A stunning area. Moria arch is my favourite. climb over the rocky track and wow. Oparara is... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2018
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand

Being in our seventies I was not sure how we would manage. We went to the higher arch first a nice... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2018
Papamoa, New Zealand
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Karamea 7893, New Zealand
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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

2  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

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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
Reviewed 6 March 2018

The Oparara Basin offers a number of short walks to attractions that are way above the average NZ tourist destination they are WORLD CLASS. Admittedly there is a 16 km metal road leading into the Basin, but the road is quite good as long as...More

2  Thank 8623PaulineS
Reviewed 16 February 2018

Amazing place! Not even particularly well-known among NZ´ers. Feels like you´ve dumped right down the middle of Jurassic Park!

1  Thank bbfreak80
Reviewed 16 February 2018

At the end of an unsealed road, a walk into this wonderful area, with the limestone arch, and water running through

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Mike W
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