Oparara Arch

Moria Gate

Useful Information

Location: Oparara Basin
Open: no restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: GeologyNatural Bridge
Light: bring torch
Guided tours:
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Numerous natural arches, the last remains of once vast caves, can be found along Oparara river. The most impressive is called Oparara Arch, another one Moria Gate, obviously influenced by the filming of Lord of the Rings in New Zealand. However, as far as we know this was not a location of the film. The river is well developwed with a narrow road enting at a parking lot with picknick tables, right at the river. footpaths lead into tifferent direction to various karst related sights: caves, natural bridges, springs and dolines.