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Oparara Basin 2: the walk to Moria Arch

Meg and I returned on our own for a second visit to the Oparara Basin.  We took a lovely walk through the rain forest old growth to the Moria Arch, a limestone arch formed by the erosion of a cave. It was named because of its resemblance to filming locations in Lord of the Rings.

 

Oparara Basin
Oparara Basin
Oparara Basin
Oparara Basin
Oparara Basin
Oparara Basin, silver birch
Oparara Basin
Oparara Basin, New Zealand robin
Oparara Basin
Oparara Basin
Oparara Basin, Moria Arch
Oparara Basin
Oparara Basin
Oparara Basin, Moria Arch

Karamea and the Heaphy Track

Meg and I try each year to find “off the beaten” path locations in New Zealand.  This year’ we found Karamea, at the end of the road on the West Coast of South Island. We flew into Nelson and rented a car.  We discovered a delightful little garden restaurant in Wakefield, enjoyed the New Zealand’s longest walkway suspension bridge in the Buller River gorge, and drove up an over a twisty mountain road to reach Karamea.

I had booked a room at the Riverstone, a delightful large unit that overlooked the Karamea river and wide valley, with the mountains of the Kahurangi National Forest in the distance. Hiking a day on the Heaphy Track, one of New Zealand’s “great walks” had lured us here. Starting along the Tasman Sea and running fifty miles through tussock and lush rain forest, it is highly rated for its rugged, diverse beauty.  We only had time for a day hike to Scotts Beach, but that was a wonderful introduction. And we also enjoyed the curious and friendly weka birds.
The Villa Wakefield
Buller Gorge suspension bridge
Karamea River
Karamea estuary
Karamea estuary
Heaphy Track
Heaphy Track, Kohaihai river
Heaphy Track, Nikau Palm

Heaphy Track, Scotts Beach
Heaphy Track, Scotts Beach
Heaphy Track, Scotts Beach
Heaphy Track, Scotts Beach
Heaphy Track, Scotts Beach
Heaphy Track, Scotts Beach–NOTE the wave warning sign
Heaphy Track, Scotts Beach, Weka
Karamea