The Paparoa Track 

The Paparoa Track crosses the Paparoa Range, run or Mountain Bike 65km over New Zealand’s first new Great Walk in 25 years

From the Paparoa Track, the Pike29 Memorial Track leads to the site of the former Pike River Mine.

The track will completely open from 1 October 2020.

Things to do in the Blackball area

  • Visit the Blackball Salami Shop. You can try some samples and then buy what you like.
  • Blackball Bling and Kereru Crafts offer some handmade west coast goodies.
  • Visit the Working Class History Museum next door.
  • View the old mine managers house/Blackball Community Centre (which is recorded as the South Islands most haunted building).
  • Punakaiki (50 minutes). 
  • Underworld rafting at Charleston (80 minutes).
  • Monteith's Brewery Tour (20 minutes).
  • On Yer Bike: NZ's Muddiest Offroad Adventures on Quads, Go-karts, Hagglunds & Argo! Also Home to Little Earth Model Village, models of historical Waiuta and Reefton.
  • Shantytown - heritage park modelled after traditional gold mining towns.

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