Information about Heaphy track, what's done there and who does it
The Heaphy Track, located in Kahurangi National Park at the north-west corner of the South Island, is the longest of the DOC (NZ Department of Conservation) Great Walks. For 78.4 kilometres the track crosses the Park’s range of landscapes, starting from the junction of the Brown and Aorere Rivers, over expansive tussock downs to the lush forests, nikau palms and roaring seas of the West Coast.
The track is well formed and suitable for fit, well-equipped people. All rivers and major streams are bridged. The track takes 4 to 6 days to complete. There are huts and campsites where you can stay for a fee. Bookings are required.
The Heaphy track is located in Kahurangi National Park which is New Zealand's second largest national park at 452,002 hectares. Translated its name has a number of meanings including 'treasured possession', an apt description of its wonderfully diverse natural and recreational values. In places it is an untracked wilderness, elsewhere a wonderful network of tracks lets you explore wild rivers, high plateaux and alpine herbfields, and coastal forests.
edited by kate 22.02.10