The ideal remote and totally private holiday Wilderness
Destination for the outdoors family
Paparangi is a privately owned high country station situated
at Motu in the central East Cape region. We are about 1 1/2 hours drive
from Gisborne or Opotiki. We offer exclusive use of approximately 800ha
of native forest for your recreation. The station borders the Raukumara
State Forest Park which opens up a further 115 000ha of native forest to
explore. Hunting is available from 1st March until 30th November each year.
The summer months are great for family or other group wilderness holidays
Paparangi offers the following activities. Please note
that for all the following activities no guiding is available and you are
responsible for your own safety at all times.
The cabins are situated less than 100m from the Motu River which runs along
the boundary of Paparangi for about 7km. the Motu River is well known for
its elusive brown trout making fishing a popular pastime. The river also offers
opportunities for swimming, kayaking, rafting and tubing.
Altogether there are approximately 30km of old, mainly no exit, logging
roads and deer trails that can be explored. The main track from the homestead
to the cabins is approximately 5kms long, flat and easy to follow. It winds
along beside the Motu River and offers excellent views. For the more experienced
walkers some of the old logging tracks can be connected to form loops. However
navigation skills will be required to do this. None of the tracks have any
signage to mark the way.
The main track makes for excellent mountain biking for young or inexperienced
mountain bikers. For more of a challenge when the river is crossable a loop of around 35km takes you from the huts to the homestead, across the river
upstream to Motu township passing the Whinray reserve and Motu falls. At
the township cross over the bridge and follow Marumoko Rd to the locked
gate at the road end , then the final 9kms of farm track back to the huts.
The rare North Island weka, North Island kiwi and whio (blue ducks) are
present in the area and may be seen or heard. The more common native birds
are frequently seen. The regenerating native bush will certainly have something
to offer any keen botanists. Wild deer, pigs, goats and possums may also
be seen. Taking a spotlight and searching for possums can make for an exciting
evening adventure with the children.
We offer seasonal hunting from 1st March to the end of November each year.
Red deer, Pigs and goats are on the license as are the abundant possums.
When you are there no one else will be, and the hunting starts at the hut
door. Firearms, bows and dogs are all welcome at this time. An adjacent
area of the Raukumara Forest Park can also be hunted if a permit is first
obtained from the department of conservation
Paparangi also offers an ideal opportunity to do absolutely nothing. As
your booking ensures exclusive use of the area you are unlikely to see anyone
else during your stay. Give yourself plenty of time, itís a hard place to
A large and spacious lodge sleeps 14. There are 2 bunkrooms, each with single berths and a double bed, and 3 singles in the living area. An additional cabin sleeps 4. Hot shower, flush toilet, fire and gas cook top make this a great family destination - wilderness in comfort. Firewood, gas and cooking/eating utensils supplied. All you need to bring is your food and sleeping bags.
Access to Paparangi is by 4WD vehicle only as tracks are only maintained to
this standard. If you do not have a 4WD vehicle it may be possible for us
to arrange transport for you. As you can drive all the way to the cabins there
is no need to carry your gear any distance and no need to worry about leaving
your vehicle unattended at a road end.