To fully enjoy and explore the northwest corner of the South Island, we recommend you stay at least two nights. One of our guests' favourite activities is walking the renowned Charming Creek Walkway ... a stunning, easy 3-4 hour walk, and we can assist with transportation to ensure you enjoy its full length.

For guests who can spend three nights with us, we recommend a visit to the Karamea area, 45 minutes north and truly the end of the road. There, you can walk in a short way to one of the finest beaches on the Heaphy Track (one of New Zealand's famous Great Walks), and explore the fascinating limestone arches and caves systems of the Oparara Basin (pictured above).

Things to Do Within a Short, Scenic Drive ...


  • Hike, run or bike the Charming Creek Walkway (pictured at right) from either end;

  • Take a day trip to Karamea. Visit the Oparara Arches and walk an hour into the Heaphy Track for a picnic on Scotts Beach;

  • Explore the historic Denniston plateau, rich in relics, burning mines and mountain biking & four wheel driving opportunities;

  • Four wheel drive the old forestry roads in the Charming Creek area for hours. If you love mud, they're heaven!

  • Visit our friendly local pubs and cafés, in Seddonville and Granity;

  • Poke around Westport, New Zealand as it used to be;

  • Visit the famous Tauranga Bay Seal Colony and Cape Foulwind Walkway;

  • Find a possie and whitebait some of the Coast's most famous rivers.

  • Drive or bike to the the Mokihinui rivermouth, visit the shipwreck, fossick for driftwood and walk the beach - usually empty for miles on end.