About Us - The Oparara Valley Trust

The Oparara Valley Project Trust

The Oparara Valley Project Trust manages the Oparara Guided Tours, and holds the sole Department of Conservation Guiding Concession for the Honeycomb Hill Caves in the Specially Protected Area in the Oparara Basin.

It is a community initiative, working together with the Department of Conservation.

The Trust has  developed and enhanced the existing attractions in the Oparara to become the premium visitor attraction of the northern Buller, encouraging visitors to stay longer.

 A  six year $3.2 million dollar committment from a group of enthusiastic locals saw the completion of a stunning network of world-class tracks and facilities in the Oparara Valley which were officially opened by Patron Professor David Bellamy in November 2008, on what was his third visit to the Oparara Basin. The Oparara project came in on time and on budget, and is a tribute to the passion of the Oparara Valley Trust members and to the skills  of  local Project Manager  Mal Hansen and his  dedicated trackgang. 

This has provided increased employment opportunities, and is already benefit ing not only Karamea but the whole of the Buller and the wider West Coast.

 Below are copies of the 2 panels in the shelter at the Oparara Basin carpark which list the achievements of the Oparara Valley Trust and its trackgang, and acknowledgement of the many sponsors who helped fund the six year project.

The Oparara Valley Project Trust

"Using our past to secure our future"

The Oparara Valley project Trust was formed in 2002, a community initiative aimed at up grading tracks and facilities in the Oparara.

In tandem with many stakeholders, the Trust embarked on an ambitious 3.2 million dollar project to develop and enhance the Oparara Valley to become the premium visitor attraction of the northern West Coast, opening up opportunities for sustainable eco-tourism and boosting local employment.

Protection of the environment and of the user was paramount to the development.

Six years and thousands of volunteers hours of planning and securing funding, together with an enthusiastic local trackgang, has resulted in these impressive achievements.

2003 Mountainbike/Walking Track

2004 Purchase of Oparara Guiding Concession

2005 National TrustPower Awards

2005 Purchase of base/workshop

2006 Moria Gate/Mirror Tarn Loop Track

2006 Oparara Basin Carpark

2007 Shelter and Toilets

2008 Oparara Valley Track

2008 Fenian Track Upgrade

2008 Picnic Tables and Interpretation Panels

November 2008

Official Opening of new tracks and facilities

By Patron Professor David Bellamy



The Oparara Valley Trust wishes to acknowledge all those who supported the Trust’s vision of upgrading tracks and facilities in the Oparara Valley for the long-term benefit of the Karamea community

To our major funders –thank you

Significant Community Funding

Development West Coast

Buller District Council

West Coast Department of Conservation

West Coast Major Regional Initiative

Pub Charity

Lion Foundation

Community Employment Group

To the people of Karamea and beyond –thank you for believing in the Trust’s dream, and for your ongoing support and monetary donations, as well as time, materials, information, photographs and labour.

Recognition should also be made of the total committment and dedication of Trust members and of the Trust’s trackgang, whose extraordinary passion for the Oparara has made this project possible.

We thank you all.

Oparara Valley Trust  8 November 2008


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