Ballroom, Fox River

Paparoa National Park

  • 2 hr return via same track
  • Easy

Walk through a spectacular limestone gorge, visit caves, and camp under a massive rock overhang.

Ballroom overhang • By mantis. Licence: C.
Key information
Walking time
1 – 2 days
2 hr
Distance
9.0km
Type
Return via same track
Return via same track
Grade
Easy
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Tiromoana, Fox River, SH6, north of Punakaiki
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Maps
NZTopo50-BS19
NZTopo50-BS20
Altitude
10m – 150m
Altitude change 140m

From the car park on the northern bank of the Fox River, follow the forested track to the junction. The track on the riverbank continues on to the Fox River caves (allow about 2 hours if you want to explore these), while the route to the Ballroom fords the Fox River here. The track continues on the true left bank, passing under dramatic cliffs and offering a view of the cave entrance high in the 300m cliffs opposite.

Fox River • By mantis. Licence: C.

Just before the junction with Dilemma Creek, a side track drops to the river. From here the route follows the riverbed for 30 minutes with several crossings of the Fox River. The Ballroom Overhang is a fluviatile cave, carved by river-scouring. There is ample space for camping underneath.

Map
ID 376

About this track

Added 30 March 2003 by MatthewMatthew. 3 revisions, most recently 18 April 2006 by MatthewMatthew.
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