Paparoa Track - 55km one way | Grade 4 Mountain Biking
The Paparoa Track is a shared-use Great Walk and mountain biking trail that travels through the Paparoa Range, alpine tops and thriving rainforests in the Paparoa National Park. To safely complete this track there are a few things to know before you go. The NZ Mountain Safety Council in collaboration with Ngāti Waewae and the Department of Conservation has put together an informative video showing a mountain bike ride-through of the track starting from Blackball and heading to Punakaiki, outlining the key facilities, typical conditions and sections of track to be aware of.
In February 2024, the Pike29 Memorial Track will open, connecting the Paparoa Track Great Walk and mountain biking trail to the Pike River valley. The new track has been created in partnership between DOC, Ngāti Waewae and the families of the 29 men who died as a result of the Pike River mine disaster in November 2010. The mine site and surrounding area has become part of the Paparoa National Park.