The Pororari River Track is another of the side of the road short walks that we did by chance on NZ’s West Coast. Like the nearby Truman Track this turned out to be a great little walk, taking in some fabulous river, gorge and rainforest scenery for very little effort. Highly recommended.
Track notes are at the end. If you want something longer there are bigger day walks to be had, and this is the beginning of the multi-day Paparoa Great Walk.
While in the area you might also like to visit Pancake Rocks, which can be seen on a very short circuit walk.
And here’s a few shots to start from the road bridge near the start of the track. There was a bit of mist about at first although this cleared when we started walking.
Pororari River Track short walk: The Scenery
The track starts just on the edge of the small settlement of Punakaiki. It’s an easygoing constructed track the whole way. You can choose how far to go, and in fact I think we went further than we needed to get the most interesting gorge and river views. Thirty minutes to an hour return should be plenty of time. There is further information on other longer options on the DOC website.
2 thoughts on “Pororari River Track short walk, Paparoa National Park, Westland NZ”
Thanks for describing this easy and beautiful track. Plans for getting to N.Z. were dashed in 2020 but fingers crossed for this year. I have not been to N.Z. since 1974 and look forwarding to a return visit. As I travel alone and am not young any more, it is great to be aware of the doable tracks. Thanks so much for your post. Del from Australia.
Hi Del. Thanks for your feedback 😀. My blog is a bit weighted towards rather long hikes of increasing difficulty as I get more and more obsessed with reaching far flung places, but we did about six short walks on the West Coast and am just working way through these on a few rainy days in Queenstown. They would be enough to fill two days on a beautiful road trip from Westport to Glacier Country. I didn’t visit Karamea north of Westport bit that’s supposed to be very beautiful as well. Just be prepared for rain and sandflies and you’ll have a grand time!