The Pororari river runs through a dramatic limestone gorge surrounded by lush rain forests. The river has deep pools with a lookout point. It is part of New Zealand's Paparoa National Park.
Location & getting there
The Pororari river is located close to the Punakaiki village on the west coast of New Zealand's south island. It is a driving distance of about thirty-five minutes from Greymouth and forty minutes from Westport. The Pororari river track can be accessed from the car park by the Pororari River bridge.
The main activities on the river are walking, hiking and kayaking. The Pororari River Track is a part of Punakaiki area walks. The track through the gorge is relatively easy with a lookout point having stunning views. You can also go down to the river-bed.
I went to the Pororari river with a photographer based on New Zealand's west coast. After walking up the river track, we hired kayaks and went kayaking on the peaceful Pororari river and lagoon with its limestone gorge and rainforests.
Where to rent a kayak in Punakaiki for your adventures in Paparoa National Park
Punakaiki Canoes offers rental kayak trips into the heart of the Paparoa National Park, 1km north of the Pancake Rocks and blowholes at Punakaiki. Families and beginners can enjoy kayaking on the Pororari river while experts can explore further up this enchanting river to the lower reaches of Cave Creek.
Contact information for Punakaiki Canoes:
4300 State Highway 6, Punakaiki 7873 • Freephone: 0800 271 383 • Email: email@example.com • Website: https://riverkayaking.co.nz/