Kōrero: Limestone country

Ōpārara Arch (2 o 3)

Ōpārara Arch

This natural arch north of Karamea on the West Coast was formed by the Ōpārara River. The river has slowly dissolved the 35-million-year-old limestone into a series of three arches. Ōpārara Arch is 219 metres long and 79 metres wide. Its roof rises 43 metres above the river. A local story has it that if you spend enough time in the Karamea pub you’ll hear how someone once flew a plane through the arch. While untrue, the story does hint at its size – it is reputed to be the largest limestone arch in Australasia.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: CT006681
Photograph by Mark Strange

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Paul Williams, 'Limestone country - Other karst features', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/12405/oparara-arch (accessed 23 May 2022)

He kōrero nā Paul Williams, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007