Visit the Oparara Basin and enjoy a walk through the beautiful bush beside the bronze coloured river to the Oparara Arch, Moira Gate Arch and the Mirror Tarn. If you are lucky you may see a blue duck in residence and the lovely little robins. Also in the area is the Crazy Paving Caves and Box Canyon. You need to take a torch to go inside the caves.

The start of the Heaphy Track is very beautiful. Starting at the Kohaihai River mouth enjoy the wild surf on the beautiful sandy beach. A short way in to the track is a swing bridge spanning the river and at its end is a loop called the Nikau Palm Track. True to it’s name this leads through groves of Nikaus of all sizes. It is suitable for all fitness levels and abilities. The track continues on to the Scotts Beach lookout and then down to Scotts Beach where the track then continues on along the beautiful coastline.

The Big Rimu Tree walk is quite close to town and takes about 45min walk starting from a point about 7km from town up the Umere Valley.

The Karamea Riverbank and Estuary walk takes you on an easy pleasant walk where you are able to enjoy the birdlife of the estuary.


The Honeycombe Hill Cave is only accessible by guided tour. You will walk through the impressive rainforest then descend into the Cave system which is as it is named – a honeycombe. The striking formations and the glowworms are magical. The caves are home to the largest and most varied collection of subfossil birds bones found in New Zealand, including the Moa.


The Heaphy Track is one of the great walks with the stunning coastline walk from Karamea and heading inland through the Gouland Downs and ending in Bainham, Golden Bay. The walk normally takes 4 days and is most popular started in Golden Bay and ending with the last day along the coastline.

The Wangapeka Track runs from Tapawera (Nelson) to the Wangapeka Valley near Little Wanganui. It passes through mountainous territory crossing two saddles and through the beautiful beech covered valleys of the Wangapeka, Taipo and Little Wanganui Rivers. It is normally a 4 day walk and links up with the Karamea- Leslie track in the back country.

The Mount Stormy Track is a challenging day tramp offering magnificent views over Karamea and the back country beyond Mt Stormy. Permission must be gained to go through private property for the walk.


K-Road is situated in the Oparara Valley and is a picturesque and challenging mountain bike track.

The Heaphy Track is available to mountain bikers from 1st May to 30th September annually and is becoming a very popular ride from Bainham to Karamea.


The Karamea River is popular for trout, kahawhai and whitebait. The whitebait season runs from 1st of September to 14th of November and is a great social occasion. There is good beach fishing from Little Wanganui to Kohaihai. The main fish are snapper and rig.


Karamea Holiday Park has six kayaks available for use in the Otamahana Inlet which is adjacent to the camp. These may be hired and are available for up to two hours before high tide only.

River trips are available and also various rafting trtips.


Scenic flights are available on demand and can take in the beautiful coastline and inland to the impressive Mt Garibaldi near Karamea. Trips can be tailored to demand.


There are swimming holes in the Karamea, Little Wanganui, Kohaihai & Oparara Rivers.

Do not swim off our beautiful beaches or river mouths as there is a dangerous undertow.


We have a very popular 9 hole golf course with spectacular ocean views.