The Living In Peace Project is based in Karamea at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Karamea is enveloped by the Kahurangi National Park on three sides and sealed in by the Tasman Sea. It is a region of great scenic beauty and ecological significance. The primary industries in the Karamea region are tourism and dairy farming. The region is a popular holiday destination for both domestic and international travellers.
Karamea's most famous attraction is one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks” the 80-kilometre Heaphy Track, which is popular with trampers year-round and mountain bikers between May 1 and September 30. The track traverses expansive tussock plains, beneath verdant rainforest, skirts palm-fringed white-sand beaches over mountain ranges, through dense beech groves and spectacular granite outcrops. It is popular with both multi-day trampers and day walkers, who walk (or cycle in the winter season) into the Heaphy or Lewis huts and stay a night or two and then walk back to Karamea. For more detailed information, please visit: HeaphyTrack.com
The Honeycomb Cave system is also a feature of the Oparara Basin and guided tours through the labyrinth of spectacular caves run twice daily, for more information, please visit: www.Oparara.co.nz
Karamea is also the start (or end) of the Wangapeka Track, which is more challenging than the Heaphy Track, with higher altitudes, tougher terrain and more exposure. The Wangapeka Track crosses the rugged mountain interior of the Kahurangi National Park, where as the Heaphy crosses lower, more rounded ranges that form the barrier between mountains and sea. The huts on the Wangapeka Track do not have gas-cooking facilities, so trampers will need to carry cooking stoves and fuel.
Other attractions in the Karamea region include: Karamea Gorge, Lake Hanlon, Mt Stormy, the Karamea Estuary walkway, the Big Rimu Tree and many other short walks. Activities in Karamea include: fishing, kayaking, bird watching, surfing, mountain climbing, hunting and mountain biking.