Relax and Unwind
Karamea’s subtropical microclimate makes it the perfect place to relax in the lush green growth and sunshine. The Rough Guide to New Zealand says “Karamea is one of those places where doing nothing just seems right,” and at Karamea Farm Baches the calm atmosphere is very peaceful.
Yoga classes are now offered to our guests at Rongo Backpackers & Karamea Farm Baches. View schedule and more information.
Visit the Oparara Basin
Home to the Honeycomb Hill Caves, a treasure trove of remains of extinct species such as moa. There are also several other caves with impressive rock formations, and three huge bush-clad limestone arches that span the Oparara River, one for over 200m. Also, the spectacular ‘mirror tarn.’
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See the Nikau Palm Forests at Kohaihai
The start of the Heaphy Track is also the start of several short walks through pristine coastal palm forest. The Heaphy coast is the most significant area of nikau forest left in New Zealand, and represents its natural stronghold. On a sunny day it is difficult not to believe you are on a tropical island, even in mid-winter.
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Go Tramping/Hiking in Kahurangi National Park
Kahurangi National Park is crossed by a network of tramping trails and huts. The best known routes are the Heaphy, Wangapeka, and Leslie-Karamea tracks, however, there are many other routes and day tramps.
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Raft or Kayak the Karamea River
Rated one of the top 10 multi-day rafting rivers in the world by Outdoor Magazine, the Karamea River is a big volume river with many grade five rapids. Several commercial operators offer heli-rafting trips of 1-3 days.
Go Fishing and Catch a Huge Trout
The Karamea River and its tributaries are home to truly world class wilderness trout fishing.
Outdoors New Zealand Article (with photos)
Go to the Beach
Karamea has a long, sandy, unpolluted beach. Surfing can be good (though swimming is very dangerous), and there are several good places to catch snapper in summer.
Karamea rivers are renowned for whitebait. The local pub has won many awards for its cuisine and specialises in whitebait. For longer term stays we offer baches at a cheaper weekly rate, please contact us to enquire about a bach for the whitebait season.