Head up the Pororari River for a walk on the riverside track and you’ll really feel like you’re in another world. Or you can rent a kayak for a lazy paddle if you prefer. We just reckon the Pororari Gorge is heaven on earth, take a look and see what we mean, close your eyes and imagine yourself in the picture.
Other Punakaiki activities we love
Paparoa National Park Short Walks: Around Punakaiki, as well as the Pororari Gorge, there are some great short walks close by, like the Truman Track, the Pancake Rocks walks and the Punakaiki Cavern. These are all close to the village, but having a car or someone to drop you off will probably help as they are a bit spread out.
Day Walks - The Punakaiki and Pororari River tracks form a loop track, which connects to the Inland Pack track and Bullock Creek route, where you’ve got a whole range of walks to choose from. You need transport, but there are a whole range of loops tracks around here, ranging from half a day to two days.
A new Great Walk in Paparoa National Park - Planned for 2018, a brand new walking track and huts are being built in the national park to honour the victims of the 2010 Pike River Mine disaster. It will be a three day / two night dual purpose walking and cycling track, starting near Blackball and crossing the ranges to Punakaiki.
Kayak the Pororari River - Is there anything more idyllic than a lazy kayak on the most beautiful river you’ve ever seen? Rental kayaks available in summertime just next to the pub.
Horse Trekking on the Beach and up the Punakaiki River - Just at the other end of the beach from the main hotel, there’s a little shed run by friendly locals who offer half and full day horse treks. The main route they take is up the Punakaiki River, which is the first bridge you cross coming into town from the south.
Underworld Rafting and Glowworm Caves on the Nile River - This is one of our favourite activities in the whole country, no joke! Go and see our mates at Underworld Adventures and they’ll sort you out with everything you need for this unbelievable trip into the underworld, the highlight of which is floating on your back through a cavern of glowworms on your own little raft. Best. Activity. Ever.
Something you can’t do anywhere else but in Paparoa
Well that’s easy, put on a wetsuit, ride a train through the rainforest, explore these stunning caves, float through a cavern with millions of glowworms above you, then an easy raft back down the Nile river to your starting point! These caves are so precious they’re locked to the public, so you’re guaranteed exclusive access.