Ballroom Overhang.

Image: R Rossiter | DOC


Experience some of the park's finest limestone features, including a large limestone outcrop.

Track overview

12 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

4 hr return Advanced: Tramping track
Expert: Route

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


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 re-join 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.

Getting there

The Ballroom Overhang is reached via the Inland Pack Track, signposted by the main road bridge at Fox River, 12 km north of Punakaiki.

Know before you go

There are several river crossings that rise rapidly and become impassable during heavy rain. Check the Paparoa National Park forecast before you go.

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.


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
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