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Parapara Peak, Tasman

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Parapara PeakIntermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Mark Sinclair

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Tasman and Nelson


Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back


Native bush
Open ridges/tops

Intermediate - Experienced

4:00 (Slow)
2:30 (Moderate)
1:45 (Fast)



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Cross the river( feet will get wet) and follow the well marked track beside the river. There are quite a few slips that have taken out portions of the track as you meander your way beside/boulder hopping up the river (keep a look out for cairns to mark the trail.) The track will break from the river at approx 2km and you'll start heading up the hill on a nice easy track. Keep following this and you'll come across a few good areas for pictures out over the bay.

The track will start to become a lot more rugged as you progress upwards, sometimes requiring to be on all fours to scramble up the track as it becomes extremely steep and other times you'll have to navigate small outcroppings of rock. A small sign on a tree saying "Pare para peak track" marks approx halfway point. Once you break through the treeline it'll be sharp rock and scree to the to. Look to your right and you'll see the trig along the ridgeline the marks the end of the track. Be extremely careful on the way down as the track is covered in slippery roots and rocks which you will have to navigate and steep areas to climb down.

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Features of interest

River crossing marks the start of the track. Trig station marks the end of the track.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 50%

Moderate Single Track: 47%

Easy Single Track: 3%

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  • Access

    Follow Ward Holmes Rd (off SH60) to the end. DOC sign will mark the start of the track and parking area

    Parking space is available

    12 km

    14 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map, Gaiters.

    River at the start, unknown of potable (good for a swim though once finished)

    Very exposed at the top

    Once of the scariest downhills I have done, so many roots and hidden rocks.

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