Oparara Arch.

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


Walk to a magnificant limestone arch - it's easy, interesting and great for kids.

Track overview

2 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

50 min return Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Stroll through beech and podocarp forest and past limestone outcrops along a well-formed track beside the Ōpārara River. You will reach a magnificent limestone arch, reputed to be the largest one in Australasia.

The track surface is rough and uneven in places and has steep drop offs. Take care when walking this track.

Getting there

Oparara Arch is on McCallums Mill Road, north of Karamea. From Karamea, head north for about 10 km, then turn into McCallums Mill Road and follow this for about 13 km to a car park.

Note, McCallums Mill Road is a narrow and steep gravel road. It is not suitable for large vehicles or campervans.


Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 731 1895
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   paparoavc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   4294 Coast Road
RD 1
Runanga 7873
Postal Address:   4294 Coast Road
RD 1
Runanga 7873
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