West Coast

South Island

West Coast

A diamond in the rough. Get on the offensive, cover yourself in sandfly repellent and tackle the weather & best scenery in NZ head on.

Karamea is situated at the end of the road, at the Northern end of New Zealand's South Island's West Coast. It rests on the flats of the Karamea River and the coastal plain. It takes approximately one and half hours along the scenic road state highway 67, from Westport. The area is lush with native bush, Nikau palms, ferns, caves, rivers, alluvial flats, as well as beautiful long stretches of accessible sandy beaches, that border the Tasman Sea. The huge expanse of Kahurangi National Park lies to the north-east of Karamea. Abundant fishing opportunities can be had in the ocean fish for whitebait, flounder and snapper, as well as trout in the rivers.

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The campsite
Dust or glowworms....?

Time: 2 minutes from the road side

Monro Beach - Look for Penguins!

4.7 km return | 1 hour 30 minutes return

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Magic sunrise

Lake Mahinapua Campsite

Mahinapua Scenic Reserve

Lake Mahinapua Campsite

Mahinapua Scenic Reserve

Okarito wilderness
Just amazing

Kohaihai Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

Kohaihai Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

Bloody beautiful!

Time: 1 hr 30 min round trip

Pancakes anyone

1.1 km return | 20 minutes return

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Time: 3 - 4 hr return

Cliffs at Cape Foulwind

3.4 km one-way | 1 hour 15 minutes one-way

Camping under the cliffs

Your home base to explore Punakaiki and walk The Paparoa Track


Time: 2 hours return

very Jerasic

7 km return | 2 hours return

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Max Mareen


Haast-Jackson Bay Road, Haast to Jackson: We have seen dolphins swimming by the beach, penquins walking in the street. AMAZING.


Haast Heli 2016 is the premier scenic flight company operating out of the beautiful untouched Haast World Heritage Area.

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Dud Grossmann


Go to less crowded places off the beaten track such as Glenorchy, Te Anau, and Okarito. Take walks (top brochures at West Coast - Trig lookout walk in Okarito is awesome! Avoid busy places with activities which cost a lot!

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Discover the Northern West Coast from Carters Beach, Westport

Ottos/ MacDonalds