Kahurangi National Park, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

Kohaihai to Karamea

16 km (45 minutes by car – 1 hour on bike)

This section of the journey is mostly sealed, flat road through farmland. Transport service, Karamea Connections provides an on-demand pick-up from Kohaihai to Karamea. Please contact Karamea Connections to let them know the day you’ll be arriving at Kohaihai and then call from the free phone in the Kohaihai shelter: 7826-767 or 7826-838, or call or text the driver directly on 0210-876-4719 to let him know you have arrived. He’ll soon be there to collect you and deliver you to a hot shower at Rongo Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, Karamea Farm Baches or in Karamea.

The Kohaihai River is great for safe swimming, please swim in the river as the sea is very dangerous and there are strong currents, rips and undertows.

Kohaihai is a sandfly hot spot, so please bring sandfly repellent to deter the friendly critters from dining on your haemoglobin.

The section of the track near Koura (Crayfish) Point between Kohaihai and Heaphy Hut can be dangerous at high tide, so please check tide times and plan your trip to ensure you are not crossing this section at two hours either side of high tide. Printable High Tide Tables are available for download from the Department of Conservation.

On the Way to Kohaihai (Photo by Stephen Roberts)
On the Way to Kohaihai (Photo by Stephen Roberts)
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Weather Forecast for Kohaihai

Forecast for Kohaihai  Precip. Temp. Wind Speed
17.07.2019 02–06 Heavy rain 6 mm 8 °C Gentle breeze from West-northwest 3 m/s
06–12 Heavy rain 18 mm 9 °C Fresh breeze from West-southwest 8 m/s
12–18 Heavy rain 13 mm 7 °C Gentle breeze from West-southwest 5 m/s
18–24 Heavy rain showers 8 mm 7 °C Gentle breeze from Southwest 5 m/s
18.07.2019 00–06 Rain showers 1 mm 7 °C Light air from East-southeast 1 m/s
06–12 Light rain showers <1 mm 6 °C Light air from West 0 m/s
12–18 Partly cloudy 0 mm 9 °C Light air from North-northeast 2 m/s
18–24 Partly cloudy 0 mm 10 °C Light breeze from North-northeast 3 m/s
19.07.2019 00–06 Heavy rain 7 mm 10 °C Light breeze from East-northeast 3 m/s
06–12 Rain 2 mm 9 °C Light breeze from Northeast 2 m/s
12–18 Light rain <1 mm 12 °C Light breeze from North 2 m/s
18–24 Partly cloudy 0 mm 10 °C Light air from East-northeast 1 m/s
Weather forecast from yr.no, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and the NRK.

Related: Kohaihai Shelter & Campsite | Karamea | Short Walks | Transport

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