Paparoa National Park

Paparoa National Park

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VISIT Paparoa National Park:

Park Details

Paparoa National Park was established in 1987, and has a total area of 106,562 acres (167 square miles, or 431 square kilometers).

Address 4294 Coast Road Punakaiki, RD1 Runanga, West Coast, South Island, 7873
Entrance FeeFree
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When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Paparoa National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Paparoa National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Paparoa National Park are January, February, March & April.

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Avg Temp666663585450505154565963
Max Temp767572666257575862666973
Avg Temp525350474541394041434650
Min Temp424439373531282930323641
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Paparoa National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Paparoa National Park is visited.

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Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Paparoa National Park.

Arthur’s Pass National Park98 km
Nelson Lakes National Park101 km
Kahurangi National Park139 km
Westland Tai Poutini National Park189 km
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park198 km
Mount Aspiring National Park323 km
Egmont National Park376 km

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Paparoa National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
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Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Paparoa National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Paparoa National Park.

Christchurch International AirportCHCChristchurch, 185 km
Wellington International AirportWLGWellington, 291 km
Auckland International AirportAKLAuckland, 628 km
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Paparoa National Park.

Westport AirportWSZ, 35 km
Hokitika AirfieldHKK, 84 km
Nelson AirportNSNNelson, 170 km
Woodbourne AirportBHEBlenheim, 210 km
Timaru AirportTIU, 253 km
Oamaru AirportOAM, 328 km
Wanaka AirportWKAWanaka, 347 km

Credits: Campground data provided by Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.