The Paparoa 

Opening on 1 December 2019, 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.


Shuttle services available from Paparoa Shuttles


Things to See and Do in Blackball and the West Coast


  • 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.
  • Tramp the Croesus track from Blackball to Barrytown or stay overnight at the Ces Clark or Garden Gully hut.
  • View the old mine managers house/Blackball Community Centre (which is recorded as the South Islands most haunted building). You can park your camper van there too.
  • 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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