Heaphy Track

Kahurangi National Park

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Time: 4 - 6 days, Distance: 78.4 km

The Heaphy Track is one of New Zealand's Great Walks. Best navigated from east (Golden Bay - see start point on map) to west. The Heaphy Track takes in alpine, rainforest and beach sections as you make your way towards the end point, just north of Karamea.

If you only have one day then traveller feedback suggests that the Karamea side is best - Scott's beach is a stunner!

This walk can be guided as well, there are several different guiding companies offering great service.

Start from the west coast

Start from the west coast

Judith Bishop

Walking the Heaphy Track

Walking the Heaphy Track

Tim Musson

Judith Bishop

Nikau palms along the coast

Nikau palms along the coast

Tim Musson

Beach views along the Heaphy Track

Beach views along the Heaphy Track

Tim Musson

Nikau country

Nikau country

Judith Bishop

Contact Details

Golden Bay Address:
Kahurangi National Park, Buller

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43 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 4.

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Theresa Flach

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

It is a nice walk for four days with a beautiful landscape and nature. It is not so crowded. You can hear Kiwi at night.

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Jonas Neumann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful landscape, took us four days. Really hard start with lots of walking up the hill. Was a little better that the Abel Tasman, as it is not as crowded.

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Selina

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

We did it for six days. It was nice to see the change of the nature within the track.

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Jonathan Maus

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The first steps were surrounded by green rainforest and the second day was spent with a mountain walk, the third was shaped by stunning views and the last day was spent on the beach.

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Fiona and Matthew

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Very beautiful bush walk. Beautiful drive to get there too. Typical West Coast beaches are untouched. Just don't let the sandflies put you off!

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Nils Kissel

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome experience.

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Jonathan Maus

Ranking: 8/10

Great walk!! Wonderful landscapes, especially at the Heaphy Hut. Be aware of sandflies! And the weather!

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Quentin Neulens

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful walk, great diversity of landscapes. Campsite and huts are well arranged. Must do.

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Cosmo Hartuna

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic scenery, many variations, perfect length, brief climb on day 1, hard return to the starting point.

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Robin Stamm

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

We did only a one day tour but it was so beautiful. We relaxed a little bit at the sea at the end.

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Stephanie Pope

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Little expensive for the huts on popular hikes but it for the walk quality.

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Mia Gaynor

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

A little expensive but would do it again and again - they are incredible!

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Timon Flick

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Friendly rangers, landscape changes everyday, beautiful nature.

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