Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Parapara Peak

Takaka, Tasman

Submitted by Mark Sinclair

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 40 ?

Gnarl Factor: 71 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back


Native bush

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +17.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -17.5%


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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.

This trail includes the peak Parapara Peak.

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

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12 km

14 minutes





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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Trail Reviews

Love this trail. Steeper than you might think and total vert closer to 1500m (confining terrain where the GPX struggles). Also no water after the first half an hour.

Mike McManaway

October 30, 2023

Beautiful views from the trig point! Lucky to do it when it was on the drier side as otherwise could imagine it being a bit treacherous.

Holly Barclay

June 13, 2023

Demanding and technical, stream route can be slippery. 4:18 today! Great views at the top and fantails keeping you company throughout.

Tom Uher

May 26, 2021

Tough but a really good trail. Loved the views and the geology. Filled our water up at the bivvy to the left of the track before the trig.

Richele McKenzie

January 1, 2020

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