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Heaphy Track, Kahurangi National Park

Heaphy Track

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78.4 km / 5 days

The Heaphy Track is the longest of New Zealand's Great Walks. Explore the farmlands of the Aorere Valley in Golden Bay through beech, podocarp and nikao forests, across tussock grasslands, past rivers, streams and limestone outcrops until you reach the roaring seas of the West Coast on this great walk of New Zealand.


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Please make arrangements to arrive in Nelson on a Tuesday as the bus transfer to Brown Hut departs from the Nelson i-site early Wednesday morning

Your walk includes:

  • 7 days / 6 nights
  • 5 Day Walk with 4 nights in Department of Conservation Huts
  • Accommodation before and after walk at Golden Chain Blue Balmoral Motel in Nelson (twin share)
  • Pre-nights accomodation in Nelson must be a Tuesday as transfer to Brown Hut departs from Nelson i-site early Wednesday morning only

Department of Conservation Huts

  • Communal bunkrooms have no pillows or linen and are built with a combination of platform and/or individual bunks with mattresses
  • While not five star, the huts you stay in have all the essentials you need for shelter and cooking with sinks, gas cookers, cold water, tables, seating benches and wood burners for heating and as well as solar lighting
  • Ablution blocks have flush or vaulted toilets and washbasins with cold water only. Those wishing for showers or baths can enjoy the number of waterfalls or swimming holes on the track

What should you bring?

  • Waterproof large pack
  • Toiletries including: soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, small towel
  • Sleeping bag and liner
  • First Aid Kit including: blister kit, insect repellent, sunscreen, pain relief and bandages, personal medication
  • Survival Kit including: survival blanket, whistle, paper, pencil, high energy snack
  • Matches
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • Large drink bottle
  • Camera, lightweight shoes for hut, earplugs
  • 2 – 3 sets of fast drying clothing. It isn't possible to dry clothing at the huts.
  • Walking / tramping boots
  • Warm wind and rain proof jacket
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sunhat, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Swimming costume(optional)
Note:These tours are valid for travel

2017 Season : 15 November 2017 to 23 April 2018

Please note the walk is fully booked over the following dates:
  • 15th November 2017
  • 24th December 2017 - 10th January 2018

Prices are per person and are in New Zealand Dollars

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Day 1 WEDBrown Hut (road end) to Perry Saddle Hut

The first of many swing bridges walkers will use takes you over the Brown River before ascending toward Aorere shelter an estimated four hours walk away. Stunning views of the Aorere Valley can be had and on a clear day Mt Taranaki/Egmont can be seen on the Taranaki Bight on the North Island. After another half hour you will find yourself at the highest point of the Heaphy Track 915 metres above sea level by Flanagans Corner. Your bed for the night will be at Perry Saddle Hut another half hour along the path which also features a swimming spot at nearby Gorge Creek.

17.5 km / 5 hours
Perry Saddle Hut

Day 2 THUPerry Saddle Hut to Saxon Hut

The historical pounamu gathering area of Gouland Downs is reached after crossing Perry Saddle and following the creek by the same name. The valley widens to the Gouland Downs tussock area as you approach Gouland Downs hut. With rolling tussock mixed with limestone and riverbeds, exploring the area may appeal. This area are well worth exploring but if mist lowers the landscape can become confusing. Your place of rest for the night, Saxon Hut, is found near the end of the downs.

12.4 km / 3.5 hours
Saxon Hut

Day 3 FRISaxon Hut to James Mackay Hut

The day’s journey to James Mackay hut starts with a gentle descent to flats alongside the Brown River. A ridge joining Gouland to Mackay Downs brings you to more tussock fields with patches of beech forest and a number of small waterways on the way to the hut.

11.8 km / 3 hours
James Mackay Hut

Day 4 SATJames MacKay Hut to Heaphy Hut

Your day’s journey to the coast starts with a slow descent through beech and podocarp forest. Once you start to get sightings of the Heaphy River, you will know the approach to Lewis Hut is close once you start to observe nikau palms. A crossing of the Lewis River followed by another bridge will bring onto the left hand bank of the Heaphy River and its arrival at the ocean. Heavy rain often causes substantial and dramatic surges into the ocean and the track and bridges can get flooded so please take care.

20.5 km / 6 hours
Heaphy Hut

Day 5 SUNHeaphy Hut to Kohaihai (road end)

You now follow the coastline through a diverse range of nikau palms, karaka and rata on the way to Scotts Beach clearing. A chance for a final cup of tea and a snack before the ascent over Kohaihai Saddle and then you reach journey’s end at the Kohaihai River Bridge.

16.2 km / 5 hours
Golden Chain Motel, Nelson

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