A must do in Karamea is to visit the start of the Heaphy Track at Kohaihai and walk among spectacular groves of Nikau Palms. There are a number of walks radiating from the DOC campsite at the end of the road.
This follows the route of the Heaphy Track over Kohaihai Bluff and then descends to secluded Scotts Beach, a strip of golden sand fringed by lush nikau palm forest and towering rata trees, about as close to paradise as it is possible to get in New Zealand. Return by the same route. For a longer hike, popular options are to continue on to Katipo Creek Shelter (about 4 hours return) or to the Heaphy Hut (about 8 hours return).
A short, flat walk through groves of Nikau Palms and podocarp forest along the shore of the Kohaihai River.
A steep track climbing up the bluff above the campground offers a spectacular view of the Kohaihai River mouth and out over the Tasman Sea. It’s a great place to watch the sun go down into the Tasman Sea.
The Heaphy Hut, built in 2013, is comfortably equipped and spectacularly situated at the mouth of the scenic and unspoilt Heaphy River, sheltered by lush nikau palms and makes an excellent place to stay the night. It would be a good choice for a first overnight hike.
The Heaphy Track is one of the South Island’s Great Walks, and is a popular tramp year round thanks to the region’s mild climate. For more information about the track please visit HeaphyTrack.com
Transport to or from the track can be arranged with Karamea Connections.
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