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Oparara cave system
Oparara cave system Review
These caves are a series of huge limestone arches (including the largest in the Southern Hemisphere at 143 meters ), passages, and caverns, surrounded by lush forests. One of the best is the excellent Honeycomb Cave, an underground system of roughly 13 km (8 mi) of passages. Bones from the extinct moa bird have been found here, and you'll likely see glowworms. Karamea is also the start for the five- to six-day hikes through the Wangapeka and Karamea-Leslie river systems. These are serious hiking areas through some stunning wilderness area, but the facilities are of a lower standard than the Heaphy Track (which is a Great Walk). Wilderness hiking experience would be an advantage here. Gear up well and use standard remote country safety practices.
Visit the Karamea Information Centre for details on the Oparara caves area and the local walking tracks.
- Location: Karamea
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