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Oparara Basin

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Karamea 7893, New Zealand
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Awesome arches - Don't miss out the caves

Amazing set of caves and arches. Take a head-torch for the caves so you can explore them fully... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Matthew M
Worth a visit

It's definitely worth the 16km drive up a dusty, rough, gravel track to go and see the arches and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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“own pace” (4 reviews)
“gravel road” (8 reviews)
“crazy paving” (9 reviews)
Karamea 7893, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing set of caves and arches. Take a head-torch for the caves so you can explore them fully. Highly recommend the slow trip along the niggly road to get there.

Thank Matthew M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's definitely worth the 16km drive up a dusty, rough, gravel track to go and see the arches and the caves. Plan on at least 30 minutes to drive the track and a couple of hours exploring.

Thank Explore1995
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Fantastic natural phenomenon. Was so amazing how did someone find it so many years ago. Got some good photos.

Thank Tony G
Reviewed 11 October 2017

A great place to take older children for a stroll to learn about nature. Lovely bush and tannin stained river.

Thank Brent B
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

This is a hidden gem. The large Oparara arch is fantastic but we did all the walks and the caves and they are all worth it. Tracks are in very good condition with good walking surface.

Thank grant-kathy-amy
Reviewed 5 October 2017

We walked in to the Oparara Arch and were wow'ed. This area is stunning. The bush and the river rushing by made for a beautiful sound. Easy walk even though it had been raining and the path was a little wet and heavy in places.

Thank micsgirl
Reviewed 10 August 2017

I was given a fabulous birthday surprise of a guided tour through the Honeycomb Hill cave and Oparara Arch. Being winter it was pretty chilly so advice to all is go prepared. Our guide Yvonne, was very informative and took us through the amazing caves...More

Thank Cathy P
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

There is a walk for everyone, from those that are a couple of hundred meters from your car to several days. Ask at the information centre in Karamea to get detail of the type of activity you want to do.

Thank Dearmans
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

It's worth the drive going to Oparara Basin. You need to go via Karamea from Westport and Road is very windy. Turn off to Oparara is 15 km of gravel road with max speed of 35km/hr. Caravans are not allowed there due to the road...More

1  Thank Au W
Reviewed 13 June 2017

A beautiful short walk through the bush takes you to an impressive arch. We were there late afternoon and the sun coming through the arch was spectacular creating shafts of blue light. I'm sure it would be impressive anytime of the day with the light...More

Thank Wendy H
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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