Walking & hiking
Paparoa Track and Pike29 Memorial Track
30 October 2020: Pike29 Memorial Track and Pike River catchment - closed until further notice
The Pike River catchment area and the Pike29 Memorial Track are closed due to track construction and mine re-entry procedures.
The Pike29 Memorial Track will open at a later date, once efforts to re-enter the mine have been completed and the site transferred from the Pike River Recovery Agency to DOC.
This is a long term alert.
First published on 1 May 2019. Last reviewed on 30 October 2020.
The Paparoa Track is New Zealand’s 10th Great Walk. It travels through the spectacular limestone landscapes and luxuriant forests of Paparoa National Park, custom-built for both mountain biking and hiking.
The new 55 km Great Walk is an amazing journey by foot or mountain bike through diverse awe-inspiring environments.
The Paparoa Track crosses the Paparoa Ranges between Blackball and Punakaiki.
The Pike29 Memorial Track will connect the Paparoa Track with the Pike River Mine site (this track will open at a later date).
Most people will take days to walk or bike the track, though fit walkers and bikers will be able to challenge themselves for a 2-day journey.
The track is open all year for both mountain biking and walking.
Wildlife on the Paparoa Track
The track traverses 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 Nimmo Gallery