Paparoa Shuttles Latest News
A new partnership, Paparoa Track updates, shuttle timetable & pricing updates
With the opening of the Paparoa Track just over 6 weeks away, we have some exciting new developments…
A new partnership with the Blackball Co-op
We will now partner with the Blackball Co-op to enable us to provide a wider range of services and employment for Blackball based members of the Co-op. With only 35 days until the trail opens, finalising a comprehensive timetable is our focus. Our conversations with Paul Maunder of the Blackball Co-op have centred on adding to our planned timetable by incorporating Blackball based drivers which provides further employment for locals.
Establishing a shuttle service from scratch and funding the necessary infrastructure is always a challenge, so combining our plans with the Co-op allows us to meet the needs of all parties – plus provide a better service for riders and walkers. We will now base a shuttle vehicle and trailer in Blackball which will allow improved cover for our schedule.
Paparoa Track and infrastructure updates
This week while visiting Blackball, the excitement is obviously growing as new infrastructure starts to become apparent. Invites to the opening on November 30th are now circulating and the planned public toilets are under construction. Word is that the track construction progress has sped up and by opening it will be connected – albeit a few spot spots will still be worked on.
The road is looking more problematic, and opening day access may be limited to 2-3 set times. Care will be urged and as there are some narrow and step one-way sections involved. Construction is likely to continue through December. Campervan access up this road is likely to be problematic. At the Smoko-ho car carpark, there will be limited capacity and definitely no overnight camping.
New early morning shuttle departure from Blackball
- 7.45 am Depart Blackball – Smoko-ho carpark
- 8.00 am Depart Greymouth – Blackball
- 8.45 am Depart Blackball – Smoko-ho car park
See our full shuttle timetable here
- Vehicle Relocations ex Smoko-ho carpark to Punakaiki: Was $190, Now $160 + $10 for private parking in Punakaiki.
- Bike movement on all our shuttles: Was $15, Now $10.
- Shuttle Punakaiki – Smoko car park: Was $80, Now $70.
See a full list of our shuttle and car relocation pricing here