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Ballroom Overhang, Paparoa National Park

Walking up the Fox River to Ballroom overhang. Photo: Dennis Radermacher
Paparoa National Park
Camping beneath Ballroom Overhang
Park at the DOC car park at Tiromoana^ 10km north of Punakaiki
BS19, BS20
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An easy track follows the true right of the lower Fox River for a while before eventually getting wet feet on the numerous river crossings.

After half an hour, the track offers a short detour to the Fox River Caves, but these are now closed due to a dangerous rock fall above the caves).

Continue along the Fox for another three hours to Ballroom Overhang.

The overhang is a half-dome cut into the soft limestone by a bend in the river. It makes for a most spectacular campsite but prepare to cover yourselves like Bedouins to keep the sandflies at bay. Trees hanging over the entrance to the overhang help keep a lot of heat in and some of the humidity out.

Ballroom Overhang is a good stopping off point for parties going further into Paparoa National Park. An option for those with more time is to take the track into Dilemma Creek Gorge where further adventures await. Dilemma Creek eventually turns into a network of smaller gorges that all lead to the Inland Pack Track.

The track sidles through dense native bush all the way back to Punakaiki and the Pancake Rocks. Hitching a ride back to your starting point should be easy from there.