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Heaphy Track

One of New Zealand’s Great Walks, the Heaphy Track is located in the Kahurangi National Park in the far north-western corner of the South Island.  It can be walked from Brown Hut on the Golden Bay end or from Kohaihai on the West Coast end.

Big River Heaphy Track in Kahurangi National Park of New Zealand
Heaphy Track in Kahurangi National Park of New Zealand
Karamea Heaphy Track in Kahurangi National Park of New Zealand


Golden Bay Coachlines can get you to and from both of these spots as part of our package deal.

The 78km long Heaphy Track can be walked in 4-6 days or mountain biked (between 1 May and 30 November only) in 2-3 days.  It requires a reasonable level of fitness.  It climbs to about 900 meters above sea level and traverses upland tussocky downs, lush New Zealand bush and spectacular coastal Nikau palm thickets.  All rivers and streams are bridged and there are excellent DOC huts strategically placed along the track.  Many of the huts have been refurbished recently.  It is advisable to boil all your drinking water as there is a slight risk of giardia here.
There are no rubbish disposal facilities on the track so all rubbish must be packed out.

On the track you are very likely to see and / or hear the following birds: weka, tui, bellbird / Korimako, pigeon / kereru, fantail / piwakawaka and robin / kakaruwai.  You may also see kea and kaka, the smaller parakeet / kakariki and the blue duck / whio.  With luck and a bit of effort it is possible to see or hear, great spotted kiwi / roa.  A small population of remarkable Takahe – once thought to be extinct but now recovering in the wild – has been established at Gouland Downs not far from the track.

Heaphy Track Bus Services

Most of our services can be booked directly on-line, the following links are package deals available.

Arrival / Departure Points

Brown Hut Carpark - Beginning of Heaphy Track, Golden Bay end.
Kohaihai Carpark - Beginning of Heaphy Track, Westcoast end.

Early Bird Special - Limited tickets

Nelson to Brown Hut - Departs: 8.45am
Kohaihai to Nelson - Departs: 12.45pm

BOOK NOW - From $140.00pp

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Nelson to Brown Hut

Daily Service: 1 November to 31 March

Departs: 8.45am Nelson Intercity Depot
Arrives: 12.05pm Heaphy / Brown Hut

From - $55.00pp

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Westport to Kohaihai

Daily Service: 1 November to 23 April

Departs: 11.10am Westport
Arrives: 12.45pm Heaphy / Kohaihai

From - $55.00pp

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BOOK NOW - $55.00pp

Nelson to Westport

Intercity Daily Service

Departs: 7.15am Nelson Intercity Depot
Arrives: 10.54am Westport

INTERCITY LINK - From $30.00pp

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Early Bird Special - Limited tickets

Nelson to Kohaihai - Departs: 7.15am
Brown Hut to Nelson - Departs: 12.05pm

BOOK NOW - From $140.00pp

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Brown Hut to Nelson

Daily Service: 1 November to 23 April

Departs: 12.05pm Heaphy / Brown Hut
Arrives: 3.45pm Nelson Intercity Depot

From - $55.00pp

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Kohaihai to Westport

Daily Service: 1 November to 23 April

Departs: 12.45pm Heaphy / Kohaihai
Arrives: 2.20pm Westport

From - $55.00pp

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BOOK NOW - $55.00pp

Westport to Nelson

Intercity Daily Service

Departs: 3.50pm Westport
Arrives: 7.30pm Nelson Intercity Depot

INTERCITY LINK - From $30.00pp

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Bus Timetables

High Season

To Brown Hut

Daily
Nov - March
Daily
1 - 23 April
  • Nelson
  • Richmond
  • Motueka
  • Takaka
  • Collingwood
  • Brown Hut
  • 8.45am
  • 9.00am
  • 9.30am
  • 11.00am
  • 11.25am
  • 12.05am
  •   N A
  •   N A
  •   N A
  • 11.00am
  • 11.35am
  • 12.05pm
From Brown Hut
‍‍
Daily
Nov - 23 April
  1. Brown Hut
  2. Collingwood
  3. Takaka
  4. Motueka
  5. Richmond
  6. Nelson
  • 12.05pm
  • 12.45pm
  • 1.10pm
  • 2.30pm
  • 3.00pm
  • 3.30pm
To Kohaihai

Daily
Nov - 23 Apr
  • Nelson (Intercity bus)
  • Westport (Intercity bus)
  •  
  • Westport
  • Seddonville
  • Little Wanganui
  • Karamea
  • Kohaihai
  • 7.30am
  • 10.54am
  •  
  • 11.10am
  • 11.45am
  • 12.15pm
  • 12.30pm
  • 12.45pm
From Kohaihai

Daily
Nov - 23 Apr
  1. Kohaihai
  2. Karamea
  3. Little Wanganui
  4. Seddonville
  5. Westport
  6.  
  7. Westport (Intercity bus)
  8. Nelson (Intercity bus)
  • 12.45pm
  • 1.00pm
  • 1.15pm
  • 1.45pm
  • 2.20pm
  •  
  • 3.50pm
  • 7.30pm
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL / SERVICES ONLY OPERATE ON DEMAND
NO SERVICE OPERATES ON CHRISTMAS DAY

Bus Stops Details

  • Collingwood
  • Heaphy / Brown Hut
  • Heaphy / Kohaihai
  • Karamea
  • Little Wanganui
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Intercity
  • Richmond
  • Seddonville
  • Takaka
  • Westport
  • Collingwood Post Shop
  • Brown Hut Carpark
  • Kohaihai Carpark
  • Karamea iSite
  • Little Wanganui Hotel
  • Motueka iSite
  • Nelson Intercity
  • Richmond Holiday Park
  • Seddonville Hotel
  • Takaka Visitor Centre
  • Westport iSite
  • 16 Tasman Street, Collingwood
  • Brown Hut Carpark
  • Kohaihai Track Carpark
  • 106 Bridge Street, Karamea
  • Karamea Highway, Little Wanganui
  • 20 Wallace Street, Motueka
  • 27 Bridge Street, Nelson
  • 29 Gladstone Road, Richmond
  • 1 Queen Street, Seddonville
  • 16 Willow Street, Takaka
  • 123 Palmerston Street, Westport