Karamea is an excellent place year-round for tramping. Its northerly latitude and subtropical climate means that routes such as the Heaphy and Wangapeka tracks are some of the best options for tramping outside of the summer season. Trout fishing in the rivers and streams of the Kahurangi National Park is world class.

Day Tramps

Heaphy Track

Walk the first few hours of the track, and return.
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Mt Stormy

A 1084m peak which overlooks Karamea – a challenging but rewarding trip.
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Fenian Track/Oparara Valley Track

A historic goldmining track along the Oparara Gorge.
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Karamea Gorge Track

Walk up the banks of the Karamea River to where the mountains shut out the sun and the river runs in fast rapids. Reach Old Mans Rock, which is the size of a house. Poorly marked and overgrown track.

Multi-Day Trips

Heaphy Track

One of the Great Walks of New Zealand – probably the most diverse in terms of scenery.
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Wangapeka Track

This 4-5 day backcountry experience crosses the rugged southern section of Kahurangi National Park through marble mountains and limestone gorges. It crosses two saddles of over 1000m, though these are snow free almost all year. There are many side trails (with huts) and opportunities to climb/traverse peaks. The Wangapeka Track is the gateway to the interior of the park. It starts in Little Wanganui, 20 mins drive from Karamea (transport can be arranged) and finishes near Tapawera, east of Nelson.

Leslie-Karamea Track

A 4-5 day wilderness trail that leaves the Wangapeka track deep in the park, descending the upper Karamea valley before ascending a creek and a spur onto the high Tablelands Plateau. From here it is possible to exit to the east at Flora Saddle/Mt. Arthur, or to the north at the Cobb Valley in Golden Bay.

Karamea Gorge Track

Another way into the interior of the park is via this trail, which leads to Grey’s Hut, a small hut about 6-8 hours difficult progress upstream. The Karamea, a huge river, is constrained to narrow widths with resultingly impressive rapids that attract white water rafters from all over the world (though not frequently enough to disturb the peace). The last few kms to this hut there is little or no trail and progress must be made along the riverbank. For some this hut is the gateway to the Tasman Wilderness Area, a large expanse of virgin forest, deep clear rivers and jagged, lake studded mountains with no huts or trails.

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Tropical Nikau Palm Groves

Tropical Nikau Palm Groves

Karuhiruhi - Pied Shag

Pied Shag

The View from Scott's Beach Lookout on the Heaphy Track

The View from Scott's Beach Lookout on the Heaphy Track