Paparoa Track

New Zealand New Zealand

Worth knowing

The Paparoa Track runs for a length of 51 kilometers through New Zealand.

The difficulty of the trail is rated as demanding and it usually takes 3 days to walk the Paparoa Track.
Of course, how long it really takes for the trail depends on the experience and fitness of the hikers.

The drinking water supply is on the way no problem, since there are numerous possibilities to fill up the water supplies.
This can be done, for example, at streams, springs, but also at wells or public facilities. However, the water may have to be filtered before drinking!

On the trail you are completely self-sufficient..
There are no grocery stores along the way, so you have to take all the food you need with you for the entire trail.

You can stay overnight in unmanaged huts.

Wild camping is not allowed As always, leave behind no traces . Rubbish has to be taken away and nature has to be respected and protected!

Campfires are currently prohibited. However, this can change at any time.
Therefore, please be sure to pay attention to public notices and a possible risk of forest fires..
In addition, new fireplaces should never be built, but existing ones should be used.

Facts about Paparoa Track

51 km
Elevation gain
1.550 m
Elevation loss
1.850 m
Highest Point
near Mount Ryall / 1.135 m
Lowest Point
Punakaiki / 10 m
Round Trip?
Walk in both directions?
51 km
1.550 m
1.850 m
near Mount Ryall
1.135 m
10 m
You have the following accommodation options on the Paparoa Track
  • in unmanaged huts
Solitude on the Paparoa Track
Hardly any other people and you sleep in huts/tents with no contact to villages

The best time to hike the Paparoa Track is:


Arrival to the Paparoa Track

You will arrive via Christchurch International Airport.

You can get to Starting point via Mietwagen. Duration approx. 4 hours.

Departure from the Paparoa Track

Departure is via Christchurch International Airport.

You can get to the airport per Mietwagen / Taxi. Takes about 5 hours.

Map and elevation profile of the Paparoa Track

What else you should know about the Paparoa Track

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