Oparara Experience

12-106 Bridge St Karamea 7891 West Coast New Zealand

Join us on one of our guided eco tours amongst the pristine rainforest and limestone caves of the unique Oparara Basin. Several tour options available.

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Join us on one of our guided eco tours amongst the pristine rainforest and limestone caves of the unique Oparara Basin. Several tour options available.


Introducing The Oparara

Tucked away in a corner of Kahurangi National Park, The Oparara has a magic all of its own, born of a million years of undisturbed isolation.

The Oparara’s affinity with Tolkien’s mystical forests is today reflected in the Lord of the Rings names now scattered throughout the Basin.

Rich unspoiled rainforest stretching across a broad valley floor, three magnificent arches sculpted by the Oparara River, bush-fringed streams stained the colour of billy tea from the humic acids washing down through the soil, and an underground treasure hidden away in a highly complex cave system, combine to make this remarkable area one of immense national and international significance.

1. Oparara Basin Eco Tour

  • Departure:9am
  • Duration: Approx 5 hrs
  • Rate: $150 per person (min 2, max 4) All features in the Oparara Basin except Honeycomb Hill Cave
  • Warm clothing and sturdy footwear essential
  • Pick up from door with cut lunch and afternoon tea provided

2. Honeycomb Hill Cave/Arch Guided Tour 

  • Departure: 9am
  • Duration: Approx 5 hours
  • Rate: $150pp (min 2 max 4, or by arrangement) Honeycomb Hill Cave plus one Arch
  • Warm clothing and sturdy footwear essential
  • Pick up from door with a cut lunch and  afternoon tea provided.

3. Guided Cave Tour

  • Departure:10am & 1.30pm
  • Duration: Approx 2 1/2 hrs
  • Rate: $95 adult, $45 under 12. (min 2 max 8) Honeycomb Hill Cave only 
  • Meeting at the top carpark in the Oparara Basin.  
  • Warm clothing and sturdy footwear essential
  • Followed by a hot drink and home baking

    4.   Guided Arches Eco Tour

    • Departure  9am
    • Duration. Approx 2 1/2 hours
    • Rate  $95pp (min 2, max 8)
    • Meeting at Oparara Basin Carpark at 10am,  visiting both Oparara and Moria Gate Arches
    • Warm clothing and sturdy footwear essential
    • Followed by a hot drink and home baking


    LOCATION & CONTACT

    Contact Oparara Experience

    Oparara Experience
    03 782 6652

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