Moria Gate Arch.

Image: R Rossiter | DOC

Introduction

Enjoy a beautiful limestone arch and spectacular rainforest reflections on a short walk that kids will love.

Track overview

4 km loop

Walking and tramping

1 hr 30 min loop Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

From the main Ōpārara car park, walk through original old-growth rain forest, featuring kahikatea, rimu and moss-covered trees.

Follow the track to beautiful Moria Gate Arch, named in 1984 after the gate in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It is worthwhile going underneath the arch via a short side track to view the naturally sculptured limestone and maybe spot a native blue duck/whio feeding in the whiskycoloured waters of the Ōpārara River.

The track continues over the arch, highlighted by the paving stones embossed with the footprint of the extinct moa who once walked here. Continue past the turn-off to the Oparara Valley Track, after a final glimpse of the Moria Gate Arch.

Along the track look out for bush robins/kakaruai, weka and, if you are lucky, kākā. Take care to avoid the giant land snails (powelliphanta) that sometimes cross the track.

At Mirror Tarn you’ll find spectacular reflections of the surrounding rainforest. Further along, the track meets the Mirror Tarn car park and it is a short walk along the road back to the Ōpārara car park.

Getting there

The walk start on McCallums Mill Road, north of Karamea. From Karamea, head north for about 10 km, then turn into McCallums Mill Road and follow this for about 13 km to the Ōpārara car park.

Note, McCallums Mill Road is a narrow and steep gravel road. It is not suitable for large vehicles or campervans.

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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