Karamea is a town on the West Coast of the South Island, New Zealand; it is located 96 kilometres north-east by road from Westport.
Karamea caters for everyone from the tramper and caver, birdwatcher and botanist, geologist and mountain biker, hunter and fisherman, to the more adventurous kayaker and rafter.
There are many attractions in the area; you can walk to the Oparara Arch, which spans the Oparara River, or endeavour further to discover the Moria Gate Arch. Karamea is near the southern entrance to the Heaphy Track which is a multi-day walk through the Kahurangi National Park. Day walks are also available and include the Fenian Track, Mt Stormy and the first leg of the Wangapeka Track.
The Karamea River is great for trout fishing and whitebaiting and there is plenty of river swimming in good holes in the nearby Wanganui, Karamea, Oparara and Kohaihai Rivers.
Maori livelihood in this area appears to have been mainly coastal. The first Europeans were early goldminers in the 1860's. The first true settlement of the area took place in 1874.
Main Towns in the West Coast Region
Oher Towns in the West Coast Region