New Zealand’s 10th Great Walk, the stunning Paparoa Track, opens on 1 December 2019 and you can register now to be one of the first people to experience the walk.
It's the first new Great Walk to be established since the Department of Conservation (DOC) created the network in 1993. Subtropical palms line the 55km trail as it works its way across mountaintops and down through the Pororari River Gorge. Limestone cliffs carpeted with moss make way for ridgetop views of the surrounding coastal forest, part of Paparoa National Park.
There are three Great Walk huts on the Paparoa Track. Most walkers stay at Moonlight Tops Hut (20 bunks) and Pororari Hut (20 bunks), for the standard 2-night, 3-day journey. For the alternative 3-night, 4-day journey, walkers will also stay at Ces Clark Hut (16 bunks). There are no campsites. Huts have bunks, mattresses, heating, gas cooktops, toilets, and a water supply.
The cost is $NZ45 per night for adults (free for kids 17 and under). Registration for all great walks is open now.
If you want more inspiration on the Paparoa Track see below.