If you drive far enough north along the remote west coast of New Zealand the road eventually ends in an anti-climatic parking lot. This is the trailhead for one of the ends of the Heaphy Track. Luckily we had parked our van here before the hike and caught a bus to the other end of the trail. We decided to spend a few days exploring the area surrounding the tiny town of Karamea, which sits just a few miles from the end of the road. Thanks to a guidebook called New Zealand Frenzy we found some beautiful and less touristy places to explore. This book is now called our New Zealand bible.
|The giant tunnel of Oparara Arch.|
Caves were the name of the game for most of the exploring around Karamea. There are a number of caves with glowworms inside. If you don’t want to pay to go on a guided tour to see these critters then this is the place to go. Headlamps are a must for getting through these smaller caves.
|Glow worms in the Tunnel Cave along the Fenian Caves loop.|
|Moria Gate Arch.|
There is also a host of giant caves and arches, which I would argue are actually natural bridges, to explore.
|Looking out the Moria Gate Arch.|