Pororari River

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Introduction

Walk to Pororari Hut for 360 degree views and experience a shorter (overnight) version of the Paparoa Track Great Walk.

Track overview

16 km one way | 17.1 km one way return via same track

Walking and tramping

4-5 hr one way Intermediate: Great Walk/Easier tramping track

Mountain biking

2 hr 30 min - 3 hr 30 min one way Advanced: Grade 4

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Walking options

  • For a 1 night trip, walk to Pororari Hut
  • For a 2 night trip, walk to Pororari Hut and stay two nights. This gives you time to do the side trip to the northern end of the escarpment.

Track description

From the Pororari River car park, the track passes through lush rainforest with glades of nikau palms. It then climbs through beech forest interspersed with northern rata and sidles through a spectacular gorge. From the upper Pororari River valley, it climbs to Pororari Hut where there are stunning 360 degree views.

Follow the same track back to car park.

Side trip: Pororari Hut to northern end of escarpment

Time: 6 hr return

From Pororari Hut the track continues to the emergency shelter on the northern end of the escarpment. This track includes good views before it transitions into alpine bush and the emergency shelter.

Follow the same track back to Pororari Hut.

Fees and bookings

Fees are charged per person, per night to stay in Pororari Hut. There are no fees to complete a day walk on the track or for entry into Paparoa National Park.

New Zealand citizens, those ordinarily resident in New Zealand*:

  • Adult (18+ years): $45 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

International visitors:

  • Adult (18+ years): $45 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): $22.50 per person, per night

New Zealand rates:

  • "Ordinarily resident in New Zealand" means those:
    • who hold a residence class, student or work visa; and
    • who have lived in New Zealand for six of the previous 12 months; and
    • for whom New Zealand is their primary place of established residence.
  • Proof of eligibility will be required for the New Zealand rate. Acceptable eligibility proof.

2020/2021 bookings

Bookings are open for trips from 1 October 2020 to 30 June 2021.


Mountain biking

Waikori Road car park to Pororari Hut 

Time: 2 hr 30 min – 3 hr 30 min one way
Distance: 17.1 km

Pororari Hut to northern end of escarpment

Time: 3–4 hr one way
Distance: 8 km

Getting there

The track starts from the Pororari River carpark on SH6, 1.2 km north of Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki.

Know before you go

Your safety is your responsibility

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Be prepared for all conditions

Weather in Paparoa National Park is changeable with annual rainfall averaging around 6,000 mm (235 inches). Heavy rain, snow, ice, fog and strong winds are possible at all times of the year, especially on the exposed sections of the track.

You must be well equipped and prepared for all weather conditions and carry warm and waterproof clothing. If the weather becomes severe, stay put in the hut or turn back until conditions improve.

If you are hiking the track in winter, check for snow and ice conditions before you leave and allow extra time. If in doubt, consider changing your trip to another day.

Check Paparoa National Park weather forecast

Flooding

Some sections of track in the Pororari Valley may become impassable during times of very heavy rainfall. There is also a risk of landslides. There is danger of treefall in extreme wind events. Do not attempt to travel if these conditions occur.

Watch out for Ongaonga (tree nettle)

New Zealand’s native tree nettle, Ongaonga, may be seen in the Pororari Valley. It's sting is painful - don't touch its leaves.

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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