Paparoa Track and Pike29 Memorial Track

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.

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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.

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

  • 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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Location

4294 Coast Road, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
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