Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
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The visitor centre provides high quality visitor information for exploring Paparoa National Park as well as other locations on conservation land on the northern West Coast of the South Island.

Contact details

Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 731 1895
Address 4294 Coast Road
RD 1 Runanga 7873

Getting there

The Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre is located across the road from Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes (also referred to as Dolomite Point) in the Punangairi building at Punakaiki.

It is situated about 45 minutes north of Greymouth and 60 minutes south of Westport on State Highway 6, on the beautiful Great Coast Road.

There are no fuel or ATM facilities in Punakaiki, these can be accessed in Greymouth or Westport.

Opening hours

  • 9 am – 4:30 pm daily
  • Closed on Christmas Day 25 December

Information and services 

  • Great Walks and backcountry tracks information, tickets and maps.
  • Huts and campsites information.
  • Track conditions and weather forecasts updates.
  • Details of short walks and family friendly activities.
  • Books, postcards, clothing and gifts and last minute essential items for your trip.
  • Personal locator beacons available for hire.
  • Displays on flora, fauna, tracks and other conservation information.
  • Dog permits for the Buller District.
  • Wifi (free).
  • 24 hour accessible toilets.
  • Wheelchair available on site. 
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