Heaphy Track

The Heaphy Track traverses upland tussocky downs, lush New Zealand bush and spectacular coastal Nikau palm thickets. Experience true New Zealand wildlife in this versatile journey.

Heaphy Track

Heaphy Track

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.

Arrival/Departure Points

Brown Hut Carpark: Beginning of Heaphy Track, Golden Bay end.

Kohaihai Carpark: Beginning of Heaphy Track, Westcoast end.

Package Deal

Early Bird Special

Limited tickets

Nelson to Brown Hut

Departs: 9.00am

Kohaihai to Nelson

Departs: 12.50pm

From  $150.00 per person
Early Bird Special

Limited tickets

Nelson to Kohaihai

Departs: 7.15am

Brown Hut to Nelson

Departs: 12.05pm

From  $150.00 per person

Nelson to Brown Hut

Daily Service

1 November to 31 March

Departs: 9.00am, Nelson Intercity Depot

Arrives: 12.05pm, Heaphy/Brown Hut

  $65.00 per person

Brown Hut to Nelson

Daily Service

1 November to 31 March

Departs: 12.05pm, Heaphy/Brown Hut

Arrives: 3.30pm, Nelson Intercity Depot

  $65.00 per person

Westport to Kohaihai

Daily Service

1 November to 31 March

Departs: 11.00am, Westport

Arrives: 12.45pm, Heaphy/Kohaihai

  $55.00 per person

Kohaihai to Westport

Daily Service

1 November to 31 March

Departs: 12.50pm, Heaphy/Kohaihai

Arrives: 2.45pm, Westport

  $55.00 per person

Nelson to Westport

Intercity Daily Service

Departs: 7.15am, Nelson Intercity Depot

Arrives: 10.54am, Westport

From  $30.00 per person

Westport to Nelson

Intercity Daily Service

Departs: 3.50pm, Westport

Arrives: 7.30pm, Nelson Intercity Depot

From  $30.00 per person

To Brown Hut

Daily, Nov - March
Nelson
9.00am
Richmond
9.15am
Motueka
9.45am
Takaka
11.00am
Collingwood
11.25am
Brown Hut
12.05am

From Brown Hut

Daily, Nov - March
Brown Hut
12.05pm
Collingwood
12.45pm
Takaka
1.15pm
Motueka
2.30pm
Richmond
3.00pm
Nelson
3.30pm

To Kohaihai

Daily, Nov - March
Nelson (Intercity Bus)
7.30am
Westport (Intercity Bus)
10.54am
Westport
11.00am
Seddonville
11.40am
Little Wanganui
12.15pm
Karamea
12.30pm
Kohaihai
12.45pm

From Kohaihai

Daily, Nov - March
Kohaihai
12.50pm
Karamea
1.20pm
Little Wanganui
1.35pm
Seddonville
2.05pm
Westport
2.45pm
Westport (Intercity Bus)
3.50pm
Nelson (Intercity Bus)
7.30pm

Map Overview

Map Overview

Heaphy Track Map

List of Stops

  • Nelson
  • Richmond
  • Motueka
  • Takaka
  • Collingwood
  • Brown Hut
  • Brown Hut
  • Collingwood
  • Takaka
  • Motueka
  • Richmond
  • Nelson
  • Nelson (Intercity Bus)
  • Westport (Intercity Bus)
  • Westport
  • Seddonville
  • Little Wanganui
  • Karamea
  • Kohaihai
  • Kohaihai
  • Karamea
  • Little Wanganui
  • Seddonville
  • Westport
  • Westport (Intercity Bus)
  • Nelson (Intercity Bus)

Destinations

The most reliable and comfortable bus service between Nelson and Golden Bay.