Some of the park’s finest limestone features are in this area. The Ballroom Overhang, about 500 m upstream from the Fox River/Dilemma Creek confluence, is a large limestone outcrop providing a safe place to shelter or camp overnight. It’s also a good option to visit as a half-day hike.
The Ballroom is reached via the Inland Pack Track, starting from the car park at the mouth of the Fox River. The first part of the track follows along the true right of the river through bush and over braided riverbed sections. After about 30 minutes a river crossing is required to rejoin the track on the true right of the river, where it continues for 2 km through the gorge. It frequently climbs and drops to negotiate bluffs.
The formed section of track ends at the confluence of Fox River and Dilemma Creek, where the track becomes a route. From here, there is a further 500 m of river-bed travel and river crossings to reach the Ballroom, located on the true left of the Fox River.
The Ballroom Overhang is reached via the Inland Pack Track, signposted by the main road bridge at Fox River, 12 km north of Punakaiki.
There are several river crossings that rise rapidly and become impassable during heavy rain. Check the Paparoa National Park forecast before you go.