Karamea Nikau Palms Retreat:
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.
Black granite bench tops
cream farm style kitchen cabinets
Hob/oven with extractor hood
Fridge with Freezer
Large deck outdoor bath
Karamea Nikau Palms Retreat:
• Large open plan living, kitchen/dining and bedroom in a cottage/studio set up are all in one large area.
• There is a queen bed, a sofa bed (double where two others can sleep). TV, DVD player, CD player, radio and cassette player.
• There is a dining table with four chairs, and wardrobe.
• There is a separate laundry.
• There is an en suite bathroom with claw foot bath, level access shower, wash hand basin and old-style copper and brass toilet.
• The cottage/studio has large windows is very light and has French doors that lead out on to a large sunny deck area, with outdoor furniture, table & chairs for 6 and sun loungers, and a BBQ.
• There is a claw foot outdoor garden bath, that has instant hot water, and a brass shower head located under the 100-year-old rhododendron tree, with fairy lights.
• There is a double swing within an established private tropical garden.
• Black granite bench tops
• Cream farm style kitchen cabinets
• Hob/oven with extractor hood
• Fridge with Freezer
• Dishwasher drawer
• All crockery and utensils are supplied.
• There is a large round wooden rimu table and accommodates 4
• The floors are gorgeous polished rimu floors, with large newly installed French doors to allow indoor/outdoor flow, on to the large private huge deck, and established Gardens with a bricked courtyard area.
• Wi-Fi, Sky, TV, DVD's, Videos, books, games and toys, children's swing, an alfresco shower and a private outdoor garden bath with instant hot water, under the canopy of the rhododendron and camellia tree and sparkling fairy lights.
• Claw foot bath
• Level access shower with pull down seat
• Greek sub way tiles
• Copper and brass toilet cistern
• Wash hand basin,
• Wall heater
• Towel heater
• Extractor fan
• Already for you to relax with candles and a glass of wine after a tramp in the local bush.
• Separate laundry
• Clothes dryer
• Washing machine
• Iron and ironing board
All towels and Sanderson bed linen are all provided.
Outdoor garden Bath
• A private claw foot outdoor garden bath is located under the canopy of the rhododendron and camellia tree and sparkling fairy lights
• Alfresco shower from the rhododendron tree
• Bath and shower all with instant hot water, to allow enjoyment of the wonderful outdoor views and temperate climate that Karamea has to offer.
• A private and established garden has been created to allow privacy while in the outdoor garden bath and shower
• Many local wildlife can be seen, you will often see and hear, Tui’s, Bellbirds and Wood Pigeons.
• BBQ located in an all fenced and secure, secluded and private landscaped garden
• Outdoor furniture, sun loungers and table and chairs to eat out on the deck.
• Two swings
• Children catered for with high-chair, porta cot, toys and games
Off streetcar parking facilities.
• Close to beach, Cafes, restaurants, supermarkes, walks, bike rides, river, fishing and tubing, and kayaking Heaphy track and airport
Home from Home:
Unique, quality self-catering accommodation, that has it all.
Karamea is the gateway to the Kahurangi National Park and is at the western end of the famous Heaphy and Wangapeka Tracks.
This area is a natural wonderland of spectacular rain forests, limestone caves, pristine rivers and wild ocean views.
Karamea is at the end of the road, at the Northern end of New Zealand's South Island's West Coast. It rests on the flats of the Karamea River and the coastal plain. It takes approximately one and half hours along the scenic road state highway 67, from Westport.
The area is lush with native bush, Nikau palms, ferns, caves, rivers, alluvial flats, as well as beautiful long stretches of accessible sandy beaches, that border the Tasman Sea.
The huge expanse of Kahurangi National Park lies to the north-east of Karamea. Abundant fishing opportunities can be had in the ocean. Fish for whitebait, flounder and snapper, as well as trout in the rivers.
Karamea with its mild climate and beautiful surroundings has that relaxed "off the beaten track" feeling not often found nowadays.
The surrounding area has a lots of natural features to please everybody, whether you are a tramper, caver, botanist, geologist, hunter, fisherman or just looking for a quiet, relaxing spot to spend a family holiday.
Karamea was originally set up as a government-sponsored 'special settlement' in 1874. The picturesque farmland is nestled between lush forested mountain ranges on one side and the wild Tasman Sea on the other, stretching up the river valleys and along the coastline for 35 kms.
Many different activities are available in Karamea and its surrounding area, such as rafting, canoeing, tubing, kayaking, scenic plane or helicopter flights, or swimming in the rivers and estuary. Try out the local nine hole golf course by the sea.
Indulge your interests in historical sites, bird watching or botany. Other local facilities include tennis, horse trekking, and tramping.
The village of Market Cross hosts a Supermarket, numerous craft outlets and cafés, general store and hardware store this is a must to go and see tony and Sandy this store has everything ! as well as the post office. there i s an Information Centre where you can book the Oparara guided cave tours, a centennial museum, library swimming pool and restaurants, caes and pubs. On Saturday Mornign there is a local farmers market where you can get some wonderful meats, home grown veggies, free range eggs and local baking, in the summer this is in a Yurt.
Tours can be booked to explore the Oparara Caves and limestone arches, at the Information Centre in Market Cross.
The Heaphy Track is one of New Zealand's top 10 Great Walks. Take a few hours to explore the southern end where Nikau forests border the wild West Coast beaches. You can drive up to the Kohahai river mouht, and have a BBQ or picnic there. There is a great walk there, called the Nikau Palms walk a 45 min explore in to the bush great for children and the more mature people! going over the Kohaihai river bridge is great to do and if you keep on walking for approximately 2 hours (this is a very slow estimate with children in tow), you will reach Scott's Beach great views and vast expanse of beach this is the either the start or the end of the Heaphy track. Great for fishing as well as exploring.
The local Information Centre has friendly staff that can assist you with transport, food and services, as well as finding the right activities to suit your needs.
They can also show you where the best fishing beaches or rivers are, where to go for short walks or five day tramps, how to go rafting or kayaking, hire a bike or organise a helicopter flight, have a game of golf or bowls, or simply stroll along the beach and catch one of Karamea famous sunsets.
We have fascinating limestone caves and magnificent arches, ancient forests, roaring river gorges, quiet lagoons, and miles of beaches.
Karamea is an 90 minute drive north of Westport on State Highway 67, a 4.5 hours drive from Nelson or a 6 hour drive from Christchurch.
KARAMEA... Paradise found….
What to do:
Top Ten things to do:
1. Fenian track and the Fenian caves which includes Adams flat hut and the gold mine workings (1 day trip take a picnic newspaper and matches and you can have a fire in the hut).
2. The Oparara Arches
Drive up to the where the arches are and you can stop at the information boards and learn about the geography and history have a picnic and use the amenities there. Drive up to the end of the road and park there you can access the
WalksThere are many different walks to do depending upon your age ability and interests. In Karamea you can enjoy the solitude and the sunsets.
MuseumThe local museum is full of very interesting local and family history, with a great collection of old photographs and maps.
Opening times - five days a week over the summer, and open on demand over the winter months. Call at the Information Centre or note phone numbers to call on the Museum door.
There are several estuaries at the Karamea and Oparara River mouths. The bird life is strong, with pied stilts, black swans, and oyster catchers, blue and sometimes white herons. The estuaries are a combination of sand and mud, where you can walk for miles at low tide.
Beware of the tide though as it rises and falls very quickly.
There is a wide variety of fishing that can be enjoyed in Karamea, including white baiting, trout river fishing, as well as ocean fishing.
Last Resort Spa
The Last Resort has a spa available for public use. You will need your swim suit, but towels are provided. $10.00 per person. Key and bookings at the Last Resort office.
You can take a drive up on to the South Terrace from the turn off at Maori Point. This is where Karamea's early settlers first established themselves. Fantastic views of the coastline and Tasman Mountain can be seen, as well as being a great place to watch the sun set.
The Golf Course can be reached 2 km North of Karamea, when travelling towards the Heaphy Track. Take the left turn and travel down the short gravel road to the Golf Course. This is a very well kept 9 hole golf course on the coastal sand hills. The course is not steep, and a lot of fun for all abilities can be had.
Regular golf games on Sundays and twilight golf are held in the summer months. Casual green fees can be paid at the Club rooms, $10.00 per person. Visitors most welcome.
Enquire at the Tourist Information Centre regarding the hire of golf clubs.
Karamea Swimming Pool
The Swimming pool belongs to the Karamea Area School and is open over the summer holidays. The pool is situated on Waverly Street behind the Museum. Check at the Tourist Information Office or on the door of the pool for the opening times.
The Karamea Area School has a double court at the front on Waverley Street. There is an honesty box for players, as it does not have a booking system.
The Bowling Club is situated next to the school, on Waverley Street. It is used in the summer months only i.e. from Labour weekend to after Easter. They have both ladies and men's competitions and social games, with twilight bowls in summer.
This is a winter sport, i.e. from after Easter until just before Labour weekend. Held on Tuesday evenings at the Karamea Area School Hall on Waverley Street, it is recommended to check with the Tourist Information Office for the times.
Oparara Valley Honeycomb Hill Caves and/or Kayak Tours
In the Kahurangi National Park, which is surrounded by the magnificent rainforest of the Oparara Basin, the Honeycomb Hill Caves can be found. The three Honeycomb Hill Arches are also located there and lie in a Specially Protected Area.
Tours of the caves
See www.oparara.co.nz for details
Karamea, West Coast, Uusi-Seelanti