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Paparoa Track and Pike29 Memorial Track – a New Zealand Great Walk

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Getting there and things to do

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Multiple day tramp Paparoa Track crosses the Paparoa Range. It takes you through alpine tops, limestone karst landscapes and thriving rainforests, and provides breath-taking views. For more details check out Paparoa National Park for up to date information about track status.

  • Length: 55 km (one way)
  • Duration: 3 – 4 days
  • Grade: Intermediate / Advanced


There are three Great Walk huts on the Paparoa Track: Ces Clark Hut, Moonlight Tops Hut and Pororari Hut. Huts have bunks, mattresses, heating, gas cooktops, toilets, and a water supply. A DOC ranger may be present. The huts do not provide food, cooking utensils or showers. Backcountry Hut Passes can be used at Ces Clark Hut but not at Moonlight Tops or Pororari Huts.

There are no campsites on the track.

You’ll need accommodation the night before your walk – camping at Smoke-ho car park is not permitted.

Check DOC resource for up to date information.

Paparoa Track and Pike29 Memorial Track, West Coast, New Zealand @Doc
Paparoa Track and Pike29 Memorial Track @Doc


Fees and bookings

Fees are charged per person, per night to stay in huts on the Paparoa Track. There are no fees to complete a day walk/ride on the track or for entry into Paparoa National Park. source Paparoa Track and Pike29 Memorial Track.


Paparoa Shuttles. The Paparoa Track is the first of it’s kind to be built specifically as a shared use track for both mountain bikers and walkers. Expect spectacular views, limestone karst landscapes, thriving rainforests and a stunning experience on the West Coast.

Want to stay in the Punakaiki area? The surrounding area is focused on hospitality. There are comfortable  hotel apartments, boutique bed & breakfasts, standard motel units and a campground with beachfront views.

For more information about walking tracks check out West Coast walks and hikes, places to go and lace up the hiking boots.

Check out Where to Stay on the West Coast and your holiday is sorted.

Paparoa Track getting there, West Coast, New Zealand
Paparoa Track getting there


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