Introduction

Extend the Moria Gate Loop short walk and experience ancient native forest on a longer walk.

Track overview

14 km one way one way

Walking and tramping

5 hr one way Easiest: Short walk
Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

This track links the Ōpārara basin with the historic Fenian Track. Branching off the Moria Gate/Mirror Tarn Loop, the track goes through heavily forested ancient terrace country.

Listen and look out for kākā, kea, tomtit/miromiro, robin/kakaruai, and the chatter of parakeet/kākāriki in the crowns of the rimu and kahikatea trees. Native moss gardens carpet the forest floor, punctuated by massive trees being strangled by mighty rātā vines (look for some of these at the turnoff to Sunshine Flat).

Sunshine Flat, about halfway to the Fenian Track junction, has a toilet, a shelter and interpretation panels on the surrounding forest and the story of the track construction.

South from Sunshine Flat, walk the ‘Avenue of the Giants’, a locally named section of track as you continue along and through the terraces and bridged gullies before crossing the suspension bridge at Postal River.

Only a short walk from Postal River, the junction with the Fenian Track offers the choice of further exploration of the gold fields or continuing along the Fenian car park.

Getting there

Start on the Moria Gate/Mirror Tarn Loop 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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