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Karamea Nikau Palms Retreat: Camellia Cottage: Tastefully renovated cottage with three rooms, studio living dining kitchen and sleeping studio, a laundry and large character bathroom with level access shower. There is a double swing within an established private tropical garden. Kitchen: Black granite bench tops cream farm style kitchen cabinets Hob/oven with extractor hood Microwave Fridge with Freezer Kettle Toaster Dishwasher Large deck outdoor bath
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Karamea Nikau Palms Retreat: The Lodge: Lounge: Lounge with french doors 135 square metre deck Views out on the Tasman Mountains Services: Wi-Fi, Sky, TV, DVD's, Videos, books, games, toys, sand pit, children's swing, alfresco shower and two outdoor garden baths with instant hot water Kitchen: Black granite bench tops Large farm house dining table Has: Hob and oven Microwave Fridge Freezer Kettle Toaster Dishwasher Bathroom one: Bathroom Two: Laundry:
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Nestled next to Kahurangi National Park, is the closest BnB to the Heaphy Track Great Walk and the awe-inspiring Oparara Arches. A remote, private garden retreat complete with Labyrinth and off-grid hot tub. This self-contained little house for 2 was once a Honey house. Ruru Nest Property is next to a river and farmland, just a few minutes outside of the village of Karamea with its cafes and pubs. Local food, nature connection walks, yoga and massage available as extras to complete your stay.
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Your guide to Karamea
All About Karamea
Tucked between lush rainforest and the Tasman Sea on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Karamea offers a taste of Kiwi wilderness.The tiny township, 90 minutes north of the town of Westport, sits on the shore of the Karamea River, which flows into a lagoon at the Karamea Bight. Visitors come to this region to admire spectacular limestone formations such as the Moria Gate Arch and explore more than a million acres of bluffs, sinkholes, and beech forest at nearby Kahurangi National Park.
The area was first settled in the 1870s, primarily by fishermen, gold miners, and farmers. Today, Karamea and the nearby village of Little Wanganui are popular among cave explorers, fishing parties in search of trout on the Karamea River, and surfers. If you’re keen to get out on the waves, Tauranga Bay to the south is a prime spot to dip your board.
How do I get around Karamea?
Most international visitors fly into Christchurch International Airport (CHC), which is about 5.5 hours’ drive to Karamea. You can take a connecting flight from Christchurch to Hokitika Aerodrome (HKK), about three hours away. It’s also easy to get to Karamea by car — the Mokihinui Karamea Highway links Karamea and Mokihinui, and State Highway 67 connects the townships to Westport. The coastal drive from Westport to your Karamea accommodation takes around 90 minutes, but allow yourself some extra time to stop and enjoy the scenery along the way. If you’re coming from the North Island, it takes just over five hours to get to town from Picton, where the ferry docks from Wellington. A bus service runs between Westport and Karamea Monday through Friday; you can also book a taxi or rent a car.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Karamea?
The busiest season in Karamea is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, between June and August. This is also when Karamea is at its rainiest, with significant precipitation for up to half of the month. As it’s on the edge of the rainforest, Karamea’s relative humidity rarely drops much below 80 percent all year round. The hottest and driest months in Karamea are January through March, when it rarely rains more than once a week. The likelihood of rain roughly doubles from June to October, which tends to be the slowest season for visitors.
One of the area’s biggest events is the Westport Whitebait Festival in October, where locals celebrate the town’s fishing heritage with cooking demonstrations, live music, and all-ages entertainment.
What are the top things to do in Karamea?
Kahurangi National Park
Kahurangi is the second-largest national park in New Zealand and offers wildly varied terrain, from unspoiled rivers to coastal forests and alpine herb fields. Karamea is the gateway to Kahurangi, and there are several hiking options, including single-day treks to Mount Stormy or along the Fenian Track, and the multi-day Heaphy Track and Wangapeka Track.
Honeycomb Hill Caves
The Honeycomb Hill Caves in the Oparara River Basin is a protected area encompassing almost 100 acres of Kahurangi National Park. These stunning natural rock formations carved by the river are best explored via a guided tour; you can combine one with a visit to nearby Honeycomb Arch.
The Tasman Sea Coast, which stretches south from Karamea to Westport, draws surfers, anglers, and hikers to the region. Some of the best views around are from the top of Karamea Bluff. Once you’re up there, you might spot shorebirds and seabirds whirling overhead, including rare species of petrels.