Karamea is located some 100 kms north of Westport and is one of New Zealandís most remote and isolated locations. You have to go to Karamea, and unless you walking the Heaphy Track you cannot pass through. The road to Karamea from Westport includes climbing over 800 metrs over the Radiant Ranges. A climb and decent to match the Takaka Hill.

Karamea is a beachside community that services the rural activities of the area. Westport is the closest major centre nearby.

The Oparara River runs through the area, and the Oparara Basin Arches, large natural river tunnels are a well-known tourist destination, though tourism, given the remoteness in the area is limited.

Karamea township offers local services including a general store, supermarket, petrol pumps, information centre, cafe, hotel, camping ground, motels, backpackers and art & craft shop.

There are a small number of Churches.

The Museum is located midway from the two residential areas and the War Memorial likewise is located nearby.

The first Europeans and Chinese were early gold-miners in the 1860s. The first true settlement of the area took place in 1874 when the (then) fine harbour and sea provided the only means of contact with the outside world.


Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic   Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course