Karamea is a very special place surrounded by Kahurangi National Park and on the edge of the Tasman sea. It offers seclusion and a place to escape and relax, explore the Oparara Arches limestone area and caves, or walk in unspoiled bush or on deserted beaches.



For keen trampers the Heaphy and Wanagapeka tracks start (or finish) in the Karamea area (and mountain bikers can ride the Heaphy in winter.)












Karamea history

P1000527When the Karamea area developed there were a number of distinct areas. Jesters Nest in in Oparara, to the north of Market Cross and Karamea.

For some years Oparara had its own school and a community hall – both now long gone (although some of the floorboards live on as bedside tables in the Little House)

Alongside farming, logging and saw milling were the main industries in former years .    Now most of the small farms have been amalgamated and the area is mainly in dairy production with some horticulture.

More information on the area is available at the Karamea Information Centre in Market Cross

More on the history of the area is available at the Karamea museum on Waverly Street (check at the information centre for opening times.)