Ōpārara Arch

Kahurangi National Park

  • 45 min return by the same track
  • Easy

Short walk to a limestone arch in the Ōpārara Basin.

Key information
Walking time
45 min
Distance
1.6km
Type
Return by the same track
Return by the same track
Grade
Easy
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Ōpārara car park, McCallums Mill Road, Ōpārara
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Ends
Ōpārara Arch
Maps
NZTopo50-BP22
Altitude
193m – 206m
Altitude change 13m

This short walk follows the Ōpārara River to a massive arch.

Drive north out of Karamea toward Kōhaihai and turn onto McCallums Mill Road. This long and winding shingle road climbs through forest before dropping into the Ōpārara Basin, with car park, lunch shelter, toilets, and friendly weka. The track starts at the top end of the car park. 

As you follow the track, the imposing limestone cliff comes into view. After 29 minutes, the track leads into the arch, climbing high on one side to provide a lookout over the extensive vault. 

This is the biggest of the three Ōpārara arches, with length 219m, height 43m, and width 79m.

 

 

Map
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ID 16853

About this track

Added 20 February 2019 by MatthewMatthew. 2 revisions, most recently 20 February 2019 by MatthewMatthew.
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