The final hour of the drive from Westport crosses the incredibly scenic Karamea Bluff. In the goldrush era of the 1800s and the farming days of the early 1900s this road didn't exist; road access to Karamea was by a more inland route up the Mokihinui Gorge and the Rough and Tumble Creek. But following the 1929 Murchison earthquake, which caused huge land upheaval over a vast area, the road was destroyed. The new road, which slowly pushed through over the bluff, is sealed.
It climbs steeply from the Mokihinui River through virgin podocarp forest before breaking out on to a plateau of fertile farmland. It then drops away to Little Wanganui, some 15 km (9 mi) from Karamea before winding gently through coastal bush and farms for the last few kilometers.
Karamea, New Zealand