Image: R Rossiter | DOC
7 km | 11 km | 15 km
Time: 1 hr 30 min return
Distance: 7 km return
The track is the pedestrian entry/exit for the Paparoa Great Walk. It follows a spectacular limestone gorge with two main features – a river with huge rocks set amongst deep pools, and beautiful forest featuring subtle changes from subtropical to temperate.
A 15-minute gentle stroll from the car park brings you to a seat and a lookout, with spectacular views of the river gorge and its magnificent limestone cliffs. From this point on, the track narrows and the gradients become a little steeper as the track continues for another 2.5 km until it meets the Inland Pack Track.
Five minutes beyond this junction, following beside the river, the track leads to a suspension bridge – an ideal place for a rest and a photo stop before retracing your steps back to the car park.
For the more adventurous, the Paparoa Great Walk continues upstream of the Pororari suspension bridge with the Paparoa hut a further 3-4 hrs up the track.
Getting there: Start from the car park by the Pororari River bridge, 1 km north of the Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre on SH6.
Time: 3 hr loop
Distance: 11 km loop
This popular walking track combines the southern section of the Inland Pack Track and the Paparoa Great Walk with the Pororari River Track. It follows the mountain bike entry/exit for the Paparoa Track and crosses the Punakaiki River via a footbridge, and then follows an easy graded climb through mature rain forest over the ridge dividing the two river valleys.
When you reach the Pororari River Track junction it is worth carrying on along the Inland Pack Track for a short distance to the swingbridge – a perfect place for a rest and something to eat. Return to the junction and then follow the Pororari River Track down river to the car park on SH6.
The Pororari River Track is the pedestrian entry/exit for the Paparoa Track. From there it is a 1 km walk south along the highway to the Visitor Centre.
Getting there: From the Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre follow SH6 south to Waikori Road, 200 m on the left after the Punakaiki River. Follow Waikori Road for 1 km to the car park. The track starts 50 m further down the road on the left, at the footbridge. Ensure you leave the farm gate at the start of Waikori Road closed at all times.
Time: 5–6 hr round trip
Distance: 15 km round trip
This track links the Pororari River Track with the scenic Bullock Creek Road and follows a section of the Inland Pack Track, passing through part of the Paparoa limestone syncline (a fold of stratified rock). The mature forest here supports many birds, including rare species such as kākā and kiwi. Cyclone Ita in 2014 caused the extensive treefalls you can see here. Once the Bullock Creek flats are reached, continue to the T-intersection, and turn left to follow the track markers to the car park.
Complete the loop by walking down Bullock Creek Road (6 km) and out to SH 6. From here, it is another 1 km south along the highway to return to the Pororari car park.
Getting there: Start from the car park by the Pororari River bridge, 1 km north of the Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre on SH6. Note, Bullock Creek Road is prone to flooding in heavy rain.
Start these walks near Punakaiki on SH 6.
Hunters may be within the area of the lower and upper sections of the Pororari River track - take care.
Heavy rain will cause the lower and upper section of the track to possibly become impassable. Check local weather forecasts before you go into the area.
Bullock Creek Road can often flood. Do not go into the area via this road during heavy rain.