In December 2019 the Paparoa Track on the West Coast of the South Island New Zealand was officially opened. This track is the 10th ‘Great Walk’ to be built and is designed to be mountain biked as well, meaning at present this track is the only Great Walk alongside the Heaphy Track that can be ridden. At 56 km this single track travels along the Paparoa ranges linking Blackball to Punakaiki. It is now firmly on the map as a multi-day backcountry destination for the West Coast (alongside the Heaphy Track, Old Ghost Road and the West Coast Wilderness Trail). So in December last year myself, my son Zack and an old mate Zane did a roadie to ride the Paparoa Track. Even though we knew the middle section was closed due to a slip, we were still keen to get a really good taste of this awesome track.