Karamea is a bit out of the way near the most northern part of the West Coast on the South Island of NZ. It is in fact the last town (village) and effectively at a dead end in the road network which requires around a 3 hour round trip from Westport. Well worth the trip if for nothing else to spend a day in the Oparara Basin.
The Last Resort is well located and offers a restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a bar. Food is Ok and reasonably priced.
Our hosts, Tanya and Ed, had only recently taken over the ownership of the Resort and went out of their way to assist whenever required.
Accommodation is clean, rooms large and reasonably well fitted out. Not big city chic but all the necessary amenities are there. Bathroom was a bit cold but we were there in winter after all!
Spend a bit of time to walk around the 2 wetlands walks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Last Resort was hand built by entrepreneurial locals and first opened for business in 1992. The complex offers a range of accommodation options, restaurant and bar facilities. Make this "very special place" your base when exploring Karamea, the Oparara Basin, the Kahurangi National Park and the Heaphy and Whangapeka Tracks. ... more less