Paparoa Track

Hut availability for the Paparoa Track is limited and often books out, particularly during peak seasons. If you can't get a spot on your perferred date, use our free hut alerts tool to automatically notify you as soon as a spot opens up. Set up alert

Paparoa Track

Photo credit: Peter de Graaf, ©

Track Details

The Paparoa Track is a must-see hike for any nature lover visiting New Zealand’s South Island. This stunning trail spans 55 kilometers (34 miles) and takes you through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the country, including lush rainforests, rugged coastlines, and the spectacular Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. The trail takes 3-5 days to complete and is considered one of the Great Walks of New Zealand. This trail can be either hiked or mountain biked depending on your level of fitness and preference.

The Paparoa Track starts at the Blackball end, located near the West Coast, and ends at the Punakaiki end, located near the coast. The track offers a unique experience as it takes hikers through a variety of terrains, including beautiful forest and rugged coastlines.

One of the highlights of the Paparoa Track is the Pororari River, which runs alongside the track for much of the way. Another highlight of the track is the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks, which are a geological formation made of limestone layers that have been eroded by the sea to create a unique and spectacular landscape.

The track is well-maintained, with well-graded tracks, bridges, and huts along the way. There are several huts along the Paparoa Track, which provide shelter and basic facilities for hikers. Booking is essential during peak season. If you can’t book a hut on your perferred day make sure to use our free hut alerts tool that is constantly checking against hut availability. This tool will send you an email notification as soon as a spot opens up.

It is important to be well-prepared for the hike, as the track can be challenging in places, and the weather can change quickly. It is recommended to be in good physical condition, wear appropriate footwear and clothing, and carry sufficient food and water.

Overall, the Paparoa Track is a challenging but rewarding hike that offers some of the most diverse landscapes in New Zealand. It is a must-see for anyone visiting the South Island and looking for an adventure in the great outdoors. The track offers a unique experience, taking hikers through a variety of terrains across the west coast. The trail provides a true sense of wilderness and isolation, making it an unforgettable experience.

Huts Along This Walk

Hut Name
Cooking Facilities
Peak Season Fees
Off Season Fees
Walk Times
Ces Clark Hut 16 Available Yes, not treated Available Available $45 $45
  • 5 hours from Smoke-ho car park
  • 3 hours from Moonlight Tops Hut
Moonlight Tops Hut 20 Available Yes, not treated Available Available $45 $45
  • 3 hours from Ces Clark Hut
  • 7 hours from Pororari Hut
Pororari Hut 20 Available Yes, not treated Available Available $45 $45
  • 7 hours from Moonlight Tops Hut
  • 5 hours from Waikori Road car park