Hike the Pike 29 Track

Day 1 - Drive to Blackball

Drive to Blackball and arrive at your accommodation, we have the lovely ‘Blackball Connection’ here. A lovely 2 bedroom house built for the purpose of hosting hikers and bikers on the Pike 29 and Paparoa Tracks. Have a meal at either one of Blackball’s great eateries, the Blackball Inn or Hilton. Then settle in for the night, do some final packing for tomorrow begins the great adventure.


Note Blackball Connection on track to open mid February 2024, so will be open in time for Pike 29 Memorial Track opening February 2024. 

Day 2- Smoke-ho to Moonlight Tops Hut

Time: 6-8 Hours

Distance: 19.9km

Leave your car at the Blackball Connection, we will pick you up at 9am in the shuttle to take you to track start. (You can also leave car at track start if wanting to start earlier and we can take you all the way there on return).

Day 3 - Moonlight Tops Hut to Pike 29 Memorial Track Carpark.

Time: 6.45-8

Distance: 17km

Open tops give way to alpine forest stunted by the harsh environment. Along this section of the track, you meet the junction of the Pike Ridge with the main Paparoa Range. Here the Pike29 Memorial Track to the Pike River Mine site begins. This 12km of track was built by the Nelmac crew from Nelson, you can read more about the mission they endured here. From the turn-off the first 2km of the Pike 29 Memorial Track will take you east along Pike ridge gradually inclining through Goblin forest till you get to the highest point. Once you pass the highest point it is all downhill from
here, gradually descending through constant changing forest. Following the 8.5km of Downhill you will arrive at the Pike 29 Memorial Track carpark. Explore the interpretation centre (still in construction) and pay your respects and the mine portal. The shuttle will be on its way to take you back to your car in Blackball.
Congratulations! You made it! Stay another night in Blackball, enjoy a well earned beer and feed at the Blackball pub you didn’t get to experience on your first night and put your feet up!


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