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Heaphy Track

Quick Facts

Distance: 82 km
Time: 4 - 6 days
Grade: Easy / Moderate
Higest point: 915 m
Island: South
Location: Kahurangi National Park
Map: Heaphy L26

By Garry

The Heaphy track, one of the Department of Conservation's Great Walks, traverses the northwest corner of Kahurangi National Park to North Westland's Nikau Coast. This is a well graded track and passes through mixed podocarp/beech forests and alpine tussock.

It is a easy track and is suitable for almost everyone, all the major rivers and streams are bridged. It is however 82 kilometres long and may take between 4 to 6 days to complete.

The tack can be walked from either end and the best time to walk it is in the summer months as part of the track may be blocked by snow during winter, as with all tracks it is best to contact the Department of Conservation prior to get track conditions etc.

A Great Walks hut or campsite pass for the Heaphy Track must be purchased before entering the track and must be visible at all times. The hut pass does not guarantee a bunk and there is a two-night limit on staying at each hut. Children under 11 do not need passes. Youth rates apply for school children aged 11 and over. Passes are available at hostels, outdoor equipment shops, visitor centres, DOC offices in the Nelson and West Coast regions and from private bus operators.


· Brown Hut to Perry Saddle Hut 5 hours, 17 km.
· Perry Saddle to Gouland Downs Hut 2 hours, 8 km
· Gouland Downs Hut to Saxon Hut 1½ hours, 5 km.
· Saxon Hut to Mackay Hut 3 hours, 14 km.
· Mackay Hut to Lewis Hut 3 hours 30min, 13.5 km.
· Lewis Hut to Heaphy Hut 2½ hrs, 8 km
· Heaphy Hut to Kohaihai River Mouth 5 hours, 16.5 km.

Heaphy Track Transport

Bus and taxi services are available to both ends of the track from nearby towns, and regular bus services link Nelson and Westport.

· Kahurangi Bus
· Flight Corporation - Flights from Nelson to the Heaphy Track and the Abel Tasman National Park.

- links to accommodation in Karamea.

· Karamea Hotels
· Beachfront Homestay

Other Heaphy Track Sites


Guided Hikes

· Hideaway Hiking and Outdoors

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