The Heaphy Track

Bridge before Kohaihai
Bridge before Kohaihai

In brief: The Heaphy track, one of New Zealands Great Walks, is a  multiday hike between Brown´s Hut and Kohaihai on the Northwestern tip of the South Island. An easy walk and probably the easiest of all the New Zealand great walks. While the landshapes are not spectacular like those of the Tongariro Northern Circuit or the Fiordland tracks such as the Routeburn Track, it is nevertheless a very pleasant walk. With one exception: The last day, between Heaphy Hut and Kohaihai, walking along the Pacific coastline, is spectacular and one of the best day hikes in all of New Zealand.

Heaphy Track on the Goulands Downs
Heaphy Track:  The Goulands Downs

Difficulty: 2

Highlights:The walk along the Pacific coast from Heaphy Hut to Kohaihai.

Heaphy Track Itinerary, camping, February 2016:

Nelson (minibus)-Brown´s Hut-Perry Saddle Hut-James Mackay Hut-Heapy Hut-Kohaihai- Westport (minibus)

Information, bookings (all accomodation incl. tent spaces must be booked in advance) and maps: DOC (Department of Conservation) and Heaphy Track.

The complete photogallery of the Heaphy Track (February 2016) is available on flickr.

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