Walking & hiking

Paparoa Track and Pike29 Memorial Track

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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.

More information

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.


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.

Paparoa Track crosses the Paparoa Range. It takes you through alpine tops, limestone karst landscapes and thriving rainforests, and provides breath-taking views.

Huts: Very busy, limited availability this season

55 km one way

Walking and tramping: 3 days one way

Intermediate: Great Walk/Easier tramping track

Mountain biking: 2 days one way

Advanced: Grade 4

Dog access No dogs

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).

Track details

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.
  • Mātā/fernbird.
  • Koekoeā/long-tailed cuckoo.

The park is also home to the Paparoa Range alpine snail (Powelliphanta gagei).

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Photo Credit to Nimmo Gallery

Directions

4294 Coast Road, Punakaiki 7873, West Coast, New Zealand
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