Paparoa Track and Pike29 Memorial Track
The new 65 km Great Walk will be amazing journey by foot or mountain bike through diverse awe-inspiring environments.
The Paparoa Track will cross the Paparoa Ranges between Blackball and Punakaiki. The Pike29 Memorial Track will connect the Paparoa Track with the Pike River Mine site.
Construction of the new Great Walk began in 2017 and it is aimed for it to open in October 2019.
It will be a 2–3 day walk or an advanced-level 1–2 day mountain bike ride.
The track will be open all year for mountain biking.
Two new high standard 20-bunk huts will be built – the Moonlight Tops Hut and the Pororari Hut above the junction with Tindale Creek.
The new Great Walk begins at its Blackball end on the existing Croesus Track, an old miners’ track with remnants of the area’s gold mining history.
The track route goes through rich beech and podocarp forest and over open tops of alpine scrub and tussock.
It will provide breathtaking views to the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana and over the Tasman Sea and passes towering escarpments alongside the Pike basin before descending to the west off the Paparoa Range.
Nearing Punakaiki, the track passes through beech forest interspersed with northern rātā, dramatic limestone terrain including the striking Pororari River Gorge, and coastal forest with glades of nīkau palms.
Wildlife on the Paparoa Track
The track will traverse areas inhabited by remnant populations of threatened species including:
- Roroa/great spotted kiwi.
- Kea, kākā.
- Whio/blue duck.
- Koekoeā/long-tailed cuckoo.
The park is also home to the Paparoa Range alpine snail (Powelliphanta gagei).
- Pike29 Track brochure and map (PDF, 959K) (opens in new window)
- Paparoa Track and Pike29 Memorial Track map (PDF, 888K) (opens in new window)
- Planned Moonlight Tops Hut (PDF, 730K) (opens in new window)
- Planned Pororari Hut (PDF, 760K) (opens in new window)
Photo Credit to Charles Bruning