Paparoa Cycle Overview
Our self-guided Paparoa Cycle trip has been designed to take the stress out of experiencing the Paparoa National Park, by including everything you need to ride the Paparoa Track.
Experience New Zealand’s newest Great Walk – a purpose built, shared-use walking and mountain biking track within the Paparoa National Park on the West Coast of the South Island. You will cross the alpine tops of the Paparoa Range, through limestone karst landscapes and thriving rainforests. The Paparoa Track provides breathtaking views across to the Southern Alps and over the Tasman Sea.
Paparoa Cycle Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive at Blackball or Greymouth
Arrive at accommodation at either Blackball or Greymouth. At Blackball there is a variety of accommodation partners we work with providing a range of options for you.
Day 2: Smoke-ho carpark to Moonlight Tops Hut
If you are staying at Greymouth, we will shuttle you and your bike at approximately 8am through to Blackball and from there up to the Smoke-ho Carpark, and the start of the Paparoa Track. From here its over to you to weave your way up the track through the bush. At bush line you will have a chance to rest at Ces Clark hut before pushing onto Moonlight Tops Hut. There is also the option to carry on to the Pororari Hut, which makes a big day, but a shorter ride to finish the next day.
Day 3: Moonlight Tops Hut to Punakaiki Valley
The track continues along the tops before descending again into the bush and onto the Pororari Hut. From here the track continues down through the bush and crosses the Inland Pack Track and the swing bridge before a final 4km with a short climb over a saddle and descending into the Punakaiki River Valley. From the road end there is a short 2km ride to Punakaiki Village and our pick up point at the bus stop.
Our shuttle will collect you from a designated pick up and return you to either Greymouth or Blackball and either your post trip accommodation or your waiting vehicle.