The Paparoa Track
Image: Jason Blair | ©

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The Paparoa Track, New Zealand’s newest Great Walk, will fully open on 1 March. This is being marked with tomorrow's unveiling of three hand-carved waharoa, or entranceways at the three entry points to the track.

Date:  28 February 2020

The Paparoa track has been partially open since it first opened on December 1 2019, with the middle section remaining closed due to a problematic slip. The reinstatement of this track section proved difficult with prolonged adverse weather leading to unstable ground conditions.

Pike 29 family members, track builders, and community members are gathering at each of the three entry points to unveil the waharoa which have been hand-carved by Ngāti Waewae, mana whenua for this area.

Shane Hall, DOC's Greymouth Operations Manager says the middle section of the track is spectacular, with a “goblin forest” of wind-shaped silver beech, stunning vistas along the sandstone escarpment, fascinating geology, and a waterfall on the descent to the Pororari River.

“It’s the heart of the track and we are pleased to see it fully open to visitors”.

While the majority of work has been completed on the trail, there are still teams undertaking finishing work on sections of the trail. Walkers and mountain bikers are asked to heed instructions from teams working on the trail and be prepared for some minor disruptions.

Booking for the 2020-21 season, which starts in October, opens in June.


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