Our latest Great Walk

Bushman Tours is proud to help you arrange and facilitate your Paparoa trip in the West Coast of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Our part in the preparation of this trip is to ensure you have a point of contact for arrangements, advice and facilitation. We will provide you with a professional driver, a private van, booking and facilitating accommodation, health and safety, multiple on ground points-of-contact, collecting the food you require and extra items you may not be able to bring with you on your travels.

Although the Paparoa is the latest Great Walk to New Zealand, it has not had as many hikers on it as predicted due to the border restrictions, weather events. Many kiwis have taken advantage of the freedom, but this allows more flexibility on booking huts.

We’re here to provide a unique, great adventure – it’s what we thrive on. So reach out at any time if you have specific requirements you’d like us to attend to.

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What to expect here

You will half expect a dinosaur of some sort to appear in the bush on your journey here. The Paparoa and Pike 29 Memorial Track embody our most pristine bush and wildlife – providing a clear reason why we check bio-issues at airports. This track has been labelled a “jewel in the crown” that once only the hardiest of trampers would find. The moss that hugs our native trees provides a look into a mystical land, while the smells and weather completely regenerate your senses. Two new huts provide a “room in the bush” – probably better than any you’ll find during your trip here.

This track is fantastic for those looking to do a Great Walk but intimidated by the effort possibly involved. Families and people new to hiking will get a good sense of multi-day trips, while not having to sacrifice time to enjoy it. Day one features a steady climb while the remaining time is spent heading back downwards to the car park. You will pass our most ancient forests, creeks and outlooks that have made this a Great Walk. This is our first Great Walk designed for both hiking and mountain biking (it’s one of the best in NZ for bikes), therefore the track is wide and steady.

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$269.40 NZD
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Addons

Ollie is offering addons for this adventure to enhance your experience.

We will send a menu that will cover 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, 1 meal complement and a desert option. You can pay for this now and receive the meals on our first morning meet up. Please let us know if you have any food allergies.

$69.99

We will order your fuel for your Jetboils (or similar) and have these ready in the morning prior to the trip. Select the size (100g is usually enough) and order now.

Donate a trap

This may not be for you, but many are surprised that only one $45 trap can save up to 1,000 native birds in its lifetime. If you want to be part of New Zealand conservations efforts on a personal level then donate this trap. Your name and special Visitor number will be written on it so that we can record your traps contribution to saving our native wildlife. If time allows, you’ll even get to sign and set the trap you donate.

$45

Airport pickup

Keen and heading out on your Adventure the moment you land into New Zealand? It’ll save you a lot on accommodation and we can arrange luggage storage. Your Bushman will message you for flight details and times.

$45

Energy Snacks

If you need that extra boost during the day trip, it’s worth ensuring you have some high-protein snacks. We’ll have this sorted for you with NZ’s best energy bars & snacks.

$15

Food or Allergy Requirements

If you have any food or allergy requirements your Bushman needs to know about, please add the details here. You can send more information on this via your dashboard once booked.

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Paparoa Track New Zealand

Paparoa

Ollie Law Chief Bushman at Bushman Tours Hiking with Ollie

Duration

3 days
2 nights

Distance

65km
Altitude An icon depicting the altitude of this adventure. 1190m

Difficulty

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Who's taking me on this adventure?

Ollie

Travel and the outdoors has been the foundation of who I am from the get-go. I've spent many years understanding what makes New Zealand such a crucial example to the rest of the world when it comes to conservation. As the founder of Bushman Tours, I'm very excited to meet our Visitors and show them our backyard. Conservation, nature, and people; these are the three things I live my life around. I've spent the last decade exploring the world and learning many lessons from wise people. Now I'm home, I would be pleased to take you into our backcountry and provide a personal experience where you leave feeling a connection to our land as I did when I traveled. New Zealand is a stunning place, but there is much work to do to spread the wildlife warrior message. Join me, let's talk, climb some awesome peaks, and get some good conversations happening around the fireplace in a backcountry hut. Can't wait to meet you!

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Gear

All tours require the proper gear to ensure you’re having the time of your life, and are well prepared if things go south. It’s the real and rugged New Zealand out there!

Required

  • 1.5L Water Container

    1.5L water container

  • Cutlery, Bowl and Cup

    Cutlery, bowl & cup

  • Hiking Boots

    Hiking Boots

  • Hiking Pack

    Hiking Pack

  • Hiking Pants

    Hiking Pants

  • Hiking Socks

    Hiking Socks

  • Inspect Repellent

    Insect Repellent

  • Knife

    Knife

  • Pack Cover

    Pack Cover / Liner

  • Rain Jacket

    Rain Jacket

  • Sleeping bag

    Sleeping Bag

  • Sunscreen and hat

    Sunscreen & hat

  • Toiletries and Underwear

    Toiletries & Underwear

  • Top and Bottom Layer

    Top & Bottom Base layer

  • Torch and Batteries

    Torch & Batteries

  • Warm Hat and Gloves

    Warm hat & gloves (March to October)

  • Warm Hiking Layer

    Warm hiking layer

  • Whistle

    Whistle

Optional

  • Bivvy Bag

    Bivvy Bag

  • Hand Sanitiser

    Hand Sanitiser

  • Lighter and Matches

    Lighter / Matches

  • First Aid

    Personal First Aid Kit

  • Recreational Footwear

    Recreational Footwear

  • Tent

    Tent

  • Top Base Layer

    Top Base layer

Extras

There are add-on extras for this tour. These are the little things that’ll either make your Adventure easier to organise or more rugged - your choice. You can add these during the booking process.

  • Basic Filming and Photography

    If you would like one of us to capture the trip on film and produce a basic video of each day (approximately 2 - 3 minutes) long, you can select this option at checkout. We will capture some photos of the group as well as video of some key moments for you to share on social media, with family or friends. If you know your whole group will want this, select it only once at checkout.

    + $140 NZD

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    We provide insurance options for if the worst happens

Q & A

Your Bushman has added a couple of answers to questions other Visitors have asked in the past to help you with your booking plans. Once you book a tour, you'll be in direct contact with your Bushman for more support.

  • Will there be other people on the track?

    Most likely, yes. This track is also very mountain bike friendly and this is typically the more popular form of transport on the track. The huts are large and provide plenty of space, and depending on the time you leave, you'll have the tracks mostly to yourself.

  • What is the weather like on the Paparoa?

    Winters are cold and wet. Summers are humid and wet...expect rain! We're walking through the mountainous, coastal rainforest of New Zealand's South Island. The beautiful lush landscape is put there by a variety of daily weather changes.

  • What wildlife are on this track?

    Given that this is a new track, we may see a variety of species throughout the three days. As they get used to the huts, you may see some wonder right up to the decking. This may include a variety of our birdlife like Kaka and Kiwi, insects like Wētā. The most common life other than human is the Austrosimulium Ungulatum. You'll commonly know this as a profanity followed by "sandfly". Bring repellent!

  • How hard is the route, hills and track itself?

    Many reviewers class the route itself very easy with the track being wide, commonly smoothed out by mountain bikers and laid out in a rolling, steady layout. This track, like many Great Walks has some decent hills. Prepare for a good climb, but it's all achievable - making this a family loved hike.

FAQs

Here’s a few answers to the more general questions about the whole journey. You can visit our help and support area for any further information or contact us via the chat function.

  • What is the refund and cancellation policy?

    Bushman Tours sets a standard cancellation policy that can be found via our Terms & Conditions. This is globally set at 48 hours notice. However, Bushmen may add to this depending on the requirements for the Adventure (e.g. - hiring gear and renting equipment on your behalf). The final policy will be located at the bottom of the checkout, or you can reach out to us to check.

  • What happens if the tour is cancelled due to weather?

    In most cases, the Bushman can arrange another day to run your tour, but this also comes down to when you're available if travelling through New Zealand. We recommend ensuring you have insurance for cancellation of any tours. If the Bushman has to cancel due to a health risk, we will call you to arrange another option.

  • What gear do I need?

    Although we have a minimum requirement of gear, you will need the right equipment and gear that is relevant to the Adventure you're booking. This is usually found at the bottom of each tour page, but for our minimum, please visit our FAQs & blog page.

  • Can I hire gear/equipment?

    In some circumstances, your Bushman will have equipment for you to hire. This is available to browse and book through the checkout. We may also have options through our checkout. Although you may be able to borrow gear during the tour, it's important to reserve it now.

  • What food shall I bring?

    Depending on the length, this can vary. Your Bushman will advise on the tour page what is recommended for this particular Adventure, but typically, what we offer at checkout via the add-ons section is what you'll need. Keep it lightweight and nutritious if you buy your own.

  • Where do I meet my Bushman?

    We always try to pick the closest iSite (Visitor Centre) to your Adventure's location. Instructions on precisely where to meet are sent after the booking is made. However, you can also message your Bushman and arrange another location as long as it's close enough to the region.

  • How much extra is it to add family/friends onto the booking?

    If you book and find that more people want to come with you, we can arrange to add them onto the booking (this is dependant on the Bushman's preference to the number of people to take out). The more that book on the original checkout option, the cheaper the fee for each individual - so spread the word before you go to book! Please note, you cannot add or bring extra people 48 hours before the tour starts.

  • Can I talk to my Bushman before the Adventure?

    Absolutely! Once you book, you will be able to login and chat directly to your Bushman through a private, secure chat. Here you can arrange some extras you would like to do, timings for pick up and much more.

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