The Heaphy track is one of New Zealand’s most popular Great Walks and at 78.4kms, it is also the longest.
The track will take you on a unique journey through the most diverse landscapes, including the serenity of the Gouland Downs, where you may spot an endangered Takahe, the Enchanted Forest and dramatic limestone outcrops and caves. Lush forests and mountain views await, with fantastic flora including the stately Nikau palms and giant Northern rata. Remember also, to listen out for the Great Spotted Kiwi, the Roroa, as they call out to each other at night, or look for the nocturnal carnivorous powelliphanta snail, the largest in the world growing up to 95mm! Although now mainly used by trampers and mountain bikers, generations of Maori have used this trail to access pounamu on the Westcoast. The track was also once traversed by prospectors, hunters, geologists and stockmen.
The Heaphy track is in the North West corner of the South Island in the Kahurangi National Park, joining Golden Bay’s Aorere Valley with the wild rugged Westcoast at Kohaihai, North of Karamea.
The Heaphy Track is open year-round to trampers taking between 4-6 days to complete. The mountain bike season is 1 May-30 November each year, taking 2-3 days. E-bikes are not permitted on The Heaphy Track.
You can start or finish the track at the following locations – Brown Hut carpark , Golden Bay- 2 hours 45 minutes from Nelson or Kohaihai campsite, Westcoast – 5 hours from Nelson
There are six DOC huts and nine campsites along The Heaphy Track. These must be booked in advance all year round.