Getting here is part of the experience…..
Some people say it’s a long way to Karamea…. not for those of us who live here! For those who come to visit it really is worth the journey. Wherever you start from – a trip to Karamea will take you through some of the most beautiful countryside in New Zealand….. and it’s worth taking your time to enjoy the scenery.
Karamea is at the end (or beginning) of the SH67 road an hour and a half drive from Westport – along the coastal plain past Granity, Ngakawau and Hector, then over the Karamea Bluff to Little Wanganui.
From Christchurch – travel through the Lewis Pass and over the Rahu saddle to Reefton and down through the Buller Gorge; or over Arthur’s Pass to Greymouth and up the stunning coast road. Come one way and go home the other to make a great round trip.
From Nelson you’ll travel the length of the Buller River, through the upper and lower Buller Gorges…. winding roads through beautiful bush scenery with the option to stop off at Murchison, the Buller Gorge swingbridge or Berlins café in the lower gorge for coffee.
Road travel times from major centres (allowing for rests):
Nelson 5 -6 hours
Christchurch 6-7 hours
Greymouth 3- 4 hours
There are daily buses to Westport from north and south and a daily bus to and from Karamea
You can fly to Westport from Wellington in under an hour and hire a car or you can charter a plane or helicopter from Nelson .
You can even walk but it’ll take you a few days via the Heaphy or Wanagapeka tracks .