The majestic Ōpārara Arches. © Tourism West Coast

Discover the geological wonder of the Ōpārara Arches


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Experience limestone arches, caves, a whisky-coloured river and lush rainforest in the Kahurangi National Park on the West Coast.

Just north of Karamea, the Ōpārara Arches can be found near the world famous Heaphy Track. 

The result of millions of years of weather and water sculpting limestone, the arches are a soaring cave system  akin to an outdoor cathedral. 

Impressive, to say the least, the area is also home to the Honeycomb Hill Caves which boasts over 70 different entrances and over 13 kilometres of galleries to explore. 

Most of the area is covered in mixed podocarp forest and beech, with a forest floor carpeted in dense mosses and ferns. 

Be aware: this ancient landscape is fragile. Treat it with respect.

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