Karamea Accommodation and Attractions
Karamea ia a town on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.
It is the northernmost settlement of any real size on the West Coast, and is located 100 kilometres north by road from Westport. There is no other connecting road to the town - the road north ends at smaller settlements a few kilometres from Karamea, not far from the western end of the Heaphy Track.
The name Karamea is Maori and is thought to either mean "red ochre" or be a corruption of Kakarataramea, "the smell of speargrass leaves". The large bay formed by the curve of coastline north for 100 kilometres from Cape Foulwind is called Karamea Bight.
The Oparara River runs through the area, and the Oparara Basin Arches, large natural river tunnels, are a well-known tourist destination, though tourism in the area is limited compared to most other parts of New Zealand. The Karamea River flows into the sea just south of the main township, and there is a large lagoon which completely clears of water at low tide, and completely fills with water at high tide.
Karamea township offers local services including a general store, supermarket, petrol pumps, information centre, cafe, hotel, camping ground, motels, backpackers and art & craft shop.