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Punakaiki Pack Track , West Coast

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Punakaiki Pack Track Beginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Ben Aynsley

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West Coast


Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open farmlands

Beginner - Intermediate

7:00 (Slow)
5:30 (Moderate)
4:00 (Fast)



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Follows the Historic pack track from Punikaiki to Fox river on the West Coast. Trail is marked and fairly easy to follow. Best not to attempt after heavy rain due to swollen rivers at the Fox River end . if this is the case it would pay to do an out and back. Trail itself is 25km long and traditional west coast single track - expect mud, roots and fallen trees. It follows the river bed for a few kms but there is trail tape along the way. If you have a pick up available it's a good option to get picked up at Fox River if you do not enjoy running on the road. Its 13km to loop back along the great coast road to Punikaiki which totals for a 38km Jog.

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Features of interest

Historic Pack track

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 67%

Gravel Road: 5%

Sealed Road: 28%

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  • Access

    Gravel road on the right just before the Punikaiki river bridge

    Plenty of parking

    2 km

    4 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Check out maps before you go . Trail is a lot easier to follow heading south to north .


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

    Rivers are good for drinking from - straight off the Paparoas

    Rivers can become uncrossable after heavy rain

  • Post run indulgence

    Punikaiki Tavern
    Beer /Coffee/Hot Chips You Beauty

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