Toaroha Swingbridge, Hokitika
Image: Brian Dobbie | ©



This route traverses rugged river valleys and crosses two alpine saddles. The alpine sections demand experience and good route finding skills in other than fine weather conditions.

48 km one way

Walking and tramping

4 - 5 days Advanced: Tramping track
Expert: Route

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact closest DOC office to obtain a permit. Other pets on conservation land rule

Stay safe in the outdoors

  1. Choose the right trip for you. Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.
  2. Understand the weather. Check weather forecasts
  3. Pack warm clothes and extra food. Check gear lists
  4. Share your plans and take ways to get help. Share directly or use the Outdoor Intentions form or Plan My Walk. Take a distress beacon. 
  5. Take care of yourself and each other.


Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 731 1895
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   4294 Coast Road
RD 1
Runanga 7873
Postal Address:   4294 Coast Road
RD 1
Runanga 7873
Dog permit contact
Office: Hokitika Office
Phone:   +64 3 756 9100
Postal address:  Private Bag 701
Hokitika 7842
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