New NZ Great Walk

This item appears on page 4 of the July 2019 issue.

Paparoa Track, the tenth Great Walk in New Zealand, opens to hikers Dec. 1, 2019. On the South Island’s west coast, the trail, 55 kilometers (34 miles) one way, is meant to take 2-3 days (with 1-2 nights). For overnights, it offers two fully furnished cabins with running water and a gas stove. (Hikers must pack their own food and utensils.) The cabins are communal, each with 20 beds.

The “Intermediate”-level trail crosses the Paparoa mountain range and passes through the Pororari River Gorge, rainforests and remains of the area’s former mining industry.

Cabin beds must be booked ahead and cost NZD45 (near $29) per person per night. Visit and click on “Paparoa Track” and then on “Book online.”