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.
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 as 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: 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 online. Package deals available below.
Brown Hut Carpark: Beginning of Heaphy Track, Golden Bay end.
Kohaihai Carpark: Beginning of Heaphy Track, Westcoast end.
Nelson to Brown Hut..
November to March
Departs: 8.35am, Nelson Intercity Depot
Arrives: 12.20pm, Heaphy/Brown Hut
Brown Hut to Nelson
November to March
Departs: 12.20pm, Heaphy/Brown Hut
Arrives: 4.00pm, Nelson Intercity Depot