- 45 min return by the same track
Short walk to a limestone arch in the Ōpārara Basin.
Return by the same track
No bookings — open access
No — open access
|Ōpārara car park, McCallums Mill Road, Ōpārara
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.