Introduction

Explore the three Fenian Caves or the Fenian Workings.

Track overview

5 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

3 hr return | 1 hr 35 min return Easy: Walking track
Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Fenian Track and Fenian Caves Loop Track

Time: 3 hr return
Distance: 5 km return

A gentle 40 minute walk along an old bridle track brings you to the Fenian Caves Loop Track. At this point the track changes from ‘walking track’ standard to ‘tramping track’ standard, so sturdy footwear and a reasonable level of fitness is required.

There are three open-access caves. Miners Cave and Cavern Creek Cave are beside the track. Tunnel Cave is an 80 metre tunnel that the track passes through. You’ll need a torch or headlamp for exploring the caves.

Fenian Workings Track

Time: 1 hr 35 min return
Distance: 5 km return

45 minutes from the car park along the Fenian Track, a signpost indicates the way to the Fenian Workings. At this point the track standard changes from a ‘walking track’ to a ‘tramping track’ and you will require sturdy footwear and a reasonable level of fitness and experience.

Getting there

Leave Karamea on Oparara Road and follow this for 6 km to the lime works. Turn into Fenian Road and follow this to the car park at the end.

Know before you go

Rock fall hazards exist on the lower Fenian Track, from the Fenian car park for 200 m along the track. 

Contacts

Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 731 1895
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   paparoavc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   4294 Coast Road
Punakaiki
RD 1
Runanga 7873
Postal Address:   4294 Coast Road
Punakaiki
RD 1
Runanga 7873
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