The Trail through Paparoa National Park
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Wildlife & Plants to Spot on the Way
Paparoa is a haven for ancient plants and animals. Mountain neinei or dragon leaf trees grow up to 13 meters tall. Look out for the alpine tussock, and thick nikau palms.
It’s a bird watcher’s paradise. The kereru or New Zealand pigeon with its iridescent green + purple feathers. The ruru or morepork owl with its haunting call. Keep your ear out for the calls of the kiwi at night. Listen for the distinct calls of tui and bellbirds. The region is also home to the endangered kea, mountain parrot.
How to get there
The most spectacular route to the West Coast is via the South Alps from Christchurch to Greymouth. You can drive or catch the daily 5-hour TranzAlpine railway.
Download the Brochures
Paparoa Track brochure (PDF, 4,546K) (opens in new window) – with a map and profile.
Paparoa Track walking guide (PDF, 3,087K) (opens in new window) – with a map of section closed until 1 March 2020. Get a full hiking guide of each section of the trail.