Tucked away in a corner of Kahurangi National Park, The Oparara has a magic all of its own, born of a million years of undisturbed isolation.
The Oparara’s affinity with Tolkien’s mystical forests is today reflected in the Lord of the Rings names now scattered throughout the Basin.
Rich unspoiled rainforest stretching across a broad valley floor, three magnificent arches sculpted by the Oparara River, bush-fringed streams stained the colour of billy tea from the humic acids washing down through the soil, and an underground treasure hidden away in a highly complex cave system, combine to make this remarkable area one of immense national and international significance.
Guided Tours of the Oparara basin, limestone arches and caves are available daily, with pickup from your Karamea accommodation or the Karamea Information & Resource Centre:
Prior booking essential Tel. 03 7826 652 (8pm and 10am cut off time for bookings)
For more information, or to book a tour online visit oparara.co.nz/guided-tours.
The Pulse Energy Recreation Centre is Westport’s recreation base and something for everyone. Our facility includes 3 swimming pools, a fitness centre, a 2 court sports stadium, squash court and a hockey turf. We also have meeting rooms for small and large meetings and conferences.
Our fitness centre hosts a great selection of daily exercise classes that visitors are most welcome to join, and our aqua aerobics classes provide a great opportunity of those that like to exercise in the pool. Check out our website for up-to-date class schedules.
Mon – Thurs: 6am to 9pm
Fri: 6am to 8pm
Sat, Sun and public holidays: 8am to 5pm
West Coast Surf has been operating from beautiful Tauranga bay for the past 16 years. Mark (Puke) Perana is the owner/operator and brings to you his vast experience and knowledge to each and every lesson. Mark has been in full time coaching either surf or snow for the last 23 years. He has in the past won National titles and coached the NZ team. Mark is a SNZ certified level 2 coach.
No matter what your level of surfing is, beginner or experienced, he can help you improve it! He is passionate about the art of surfing and enthusiastic about teaching it, with a strong focus on keeping you safe in the process.
West Coast Surf offers group lessons daily at 10am or 2pm, each lesson is customised to your individual needs, surfboards and wetsuits are supplied. Private lessons are also available.
West Coast Surf also offer a great range of hire equipment from beginner boards to short and long boards, as well as wetsuits.
Give us a call today for all things surfing, you won’t regret it!Mark PeranaAddress: 299 Tauranga Bay Road, or West Coast Surf Van at Tauranga BayPhone: 027 255 2651Freephone: 0800 wcsurfEmail: email@example.comWebsite: www.wcsurf.co.nz
Outwest Tours offers a wild West Coast experience, taking you off the beaten track on journeys into the wild heart of the land. Enjoy spectacular landscapes and travel historic mining trails, as you relax in one of their fully air-conditioned four-wheel-drive vehicles.
Johnny’s journey with Outwest, the only company with access to the privately owned valley, will delight and captivate the visitor. Here visitors can meet local legend, and owner Johnny Currie and observe the wild red deer, the pancake rock formations, see the ancient Maori cave and much more.
The Mackley Tour travels up to the Denniston Plateau, through the wild country and then returns to Westport via the scenic Buller Gorge. Be prepared for rugged landscapes and river crossings all in the comfort of one of Outwest’s specially designed vehicles. This trip offers spectacular scenery and rugged terrain featuring fast-flowing rivers, deep gorges and waterfalls. It’s an exciting, full-day journey into genuine wilderness.
The Denniston Tour visits the coal plateau high above the coastal flats. Here underground miners toiled extracting high quality coal and there are many amazing relics from the mining era. Denniston is an area rich in history, unusual landforms and outstanding scenery.Mickey and Doreen RyanAddress: WestportPhone: 03 789 6883Freephone: 0800 688 937Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.outwest.co.nz
Underworld Adventures Ltd is located on the wild West Coast of New Zealand. Founded by three West Coast cavers in 1987 each cave adventure is dedicated to share the founder’ s passion for the caves and karst beyond the historic township of Charleston.
From our new base in Charleston we explore the subterranean world of the Paparoa National Park. You have the choice to join on our Underworld Rafting exploring the Te Ananui Cave System, or wander through the spectacular dry levels of this system on a Glowworm Cave tour or maybe you are so adventurous to go deep down on a thrilling exploration-style Adventure Caving.
On each tour you will experience the beauty of the land above and below, learn about these pristine underground systems, wander through fascinating passages and be right in the heart of the marvellous limestone country of the Paparoa National Park.
Underworld Rafting, the Glowworm Cave Tour and Adventure Caving combines fun and discovery in a pristine environment. Experience amazing cave formations, gaze at or float under a surreal galaxy of glowworms and if you come with us underworld rafting finish your trip of by tubing down the gentle rapids of the Nile River.Geoff Schurr, Ray MoroneyAddress: State Highway 6, 7865, CharlestonPhone: 03 788 8168Freephone: 0800 116 686Email: email@example.comWebsite: www.caverafting.com