1.5 Hr 7 km


  • Limestone gorge
  • River with deep pools
  • Lookout point



Follow the river upstream while passing between dramatic limestone cliffs and through sub-tropical forest.

West Coast
Pororari River, West Coast

If you’re in the area or close by in Punakaiki Village, get in touch with nature on this short walk through a spectacular limestone gorge.

Take a closer look at the Pororari River with its deep pools and huge rocks. 

A quick stroll from the carpark will bring you to a lookout with spectacular views. From here, the track narrows and becomes a little steeper for another 2.5km until it meets the Inland Pack Track. Head down to the riverbed for a rest before retracing your steps back to the car park.

Department of Conservation

Track conditions often change. Be prepared by checking with the Department of Conservation before you go.

Pororari River Track(opens in new window) (part of Punakaiki area walks)

More information

Alternative routes

Walks in Punakaiki(opens in new window), the centre for Paparoa National Park, range from 15 minutes to 3 days.

Getting there

Access the track from the car park by the Pororari River bridge, 1 km north of the Visitor Centre on SH6.

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