Kumara is a small village of approximately 350 people. It is situated on the stunning Great Alpine Highway. This world renowned voyage delights visitors as they drive from Christchurch to Westland. This stunning three hour drive passes over the Canterbury Plains, then, meanders through mountain scenery which rivals any in the world. Travellers then motor down through the fresh green West Coast bush following the Taramakau River into Kumara.
Kumara is 20 minutes from either Hokitika or Greymouth. It is also on the route to either the Glaciers or Punakaiki.
Within a 360 degree scope from Kumara, you are “spoilt for choice” with activities, especially if you love the beauty of the outdoor life.
All types of fishing are close by. We are minutes above the Taramakau River where both salmon and trout are caught.
We are 20 minutes drive to Mitchells on Lake Brunner, famous for its trout fishing, boating and walks. This is also a lovely bike ride and only 22 km away.
We are five minutes drive from the Kumara beach, which is the starting point, each year, for the famous Coast to Coast sporting event. It is a great area for wandering, with spectacular views down to Mt Cook on a clear day. Enjoy wonderful sunsets over the Tasman Sea. Fish for sea-run trout at the mouth, surf cast for snapper, kawai or greyboy, whilst enjoying the setting sun.
You can whitebait in numerous nearby rivers during the season.
We are minutes only by car from the Kapitea Dam. Enjoy it on foot or by bicycle ride. The dam is a man-made lake; part of a series linked by waterways and used by Trust Power. Enjoy kayaking, fishing or just cooling off.
Hunting is all around us; whether it is pig, deer, duck or chamois.
Gold is still to be found. Enjoy trying your luck by panning in the many rivers, which surround us.
Kumara is proud to have many walkways leading from the village. Enjoy views of the mountains, river valleys, bush and old gold tailings whilst away from traffic. It is great fun for children and dogs.
Visit the old cemetery and Historic Baths.
Bring your bicycle. The West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail passses through Kumara.
For more information on Kumara visit www.kumarawestcoast.org
There are no banks in Kumara and the Theatre Royal Hotel does not carry cash for withdrawals.
It is New Zealand, the way we remember it before the world got too clever. The simple, pure pleasures are all around us.
One of the greatest of these is meeting the locals, whose friendliness will soon prove to you why West Coast hospitality is so renowned. Then, when you are relaxing over that glass of wine at night, look up and you may weep as you gaze at the stars, which are so clear that you will believe you can pluck them from the sky! The Milky Way in cities is often just a memory, but here you will see it loom large in the peace of a Kumara evening. If you listen you may hear the frogs or a morepork.
The sounds of Kumara.
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