Paparoa Track and Pike29 Memorial Track

Remote and spectacular natural wilderness, the Paparoa Track offers the best of the South Island's West Coast.

This Great Walk crosses the Paparoa Range. It takes you through alpine tops, limestone karst landscapes and thriving rainforests, and provides breathtaking views. From the Paparoa Track, the Pike29 Memorial Track leads to the site of the former Pike River Mine.

2-3 days one way
West Coast, South Island
Nearest towns
Greymouth, Punakaiki, Blackball
Nearest airport


  • Traverse the Pororari River Gorge and marvel dramatic limestone cliffs, beech forest and glades of subtropical nīkau palms
  • Bring your camera – the sunsets over the Tasman Sea from the Moonlight Tops Hut are definitely worth the 19.9km trek
  • Discover the mining history of this region, including gold on the Croesus Track, coal in Pike Stream, and uranium prospecting in the Pororari River
  • Marvel at the panoramic views from atop the towering escarpment in the Pike Basin

Find out more in the Paparoa Track brochure.

Things to know before you go

It is important to plan and prepare your trip and be well equipped on a Great Walk. For a full list of the equipment and preparation required for the Paparoa Track, plus the latest track updates and information on getting there, please visit the Department of Conservation website.

Safety is your responsibility - It is important that you check in with the nearest DOC Visitor Centre prior to beginning your walk. For detailed safety information, including tramping conditions in New Zealand and The Outdoor Safety Code - 5 simple rules to help you stay safe - visit

Paparoa Track image courtesy of Neil Silverwood