Upper South Island and the West Coast: Places to Explore

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Karamea

North of Westport, the coastline is squeezed between high mountain ranges and pounding surf. The highlight of the tiny settlements along this stretch is Karamea, known to most people as the southern entry to (or exit from) the renowned Heaphy Track, which starts in Golden Bay. But Karamea is also a fine trout-fishing destination, the western entry point to the wild ranges of the Kahurangi National Park with its wild rivers and network of hikes, and is home to the Oparara cave system.

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