Kahurangi National Park
Kahurangi National Park is the second largest national park in New Zealand spanning 452,000 hectares and covering 570km of incredible tramping tracks.
The park stretches from Golden Bay in the north, south to Murchison and to the West Coast. Within this north-west corner of the South Island lie some of NZ’s oldest rocks, spectacular marble and karst land forms and the most intact remnants of the peneplain landscapes that featured in New Zealand around 60million years ago.
A designated Department of Conservation "Great Walk," the Heaphy Track traverses from Golden Bay to Karamea, over craggy ranges, alpine meadows, valleys of tropical native palms, and ruggedly beautiful coastline. A helicopter will give you a bird's eye view of this incredible landscape which includes sites filmed for the Lord of the Rings movies. Kahurangi is the home of the largest remaining population of Great Spotted Kiwi.
The Heaphy Track
"Many people consider the Heaphy Track to be the greatest of New Zealand's nine Great Walks, combining alpine environments and a primeval, palm-fringed coastline."
The 82 kilometre track through Kahurangi National Park connects the Aorere Valley in Golden Bay with Karamea on the West Coast of the South Island.
It is a fantastic adventure for moderately fit people of all ages. It is usually covered in around five to six days. In winter months, from 1st May – 30th September, the Heaphy Track is open to mountain bikes. Scenically, every day on the Heaphy Track is wonderfully different.
You'll pass through ancient beech forests, expansive alpine tussock country, see giant rata trees, limestone caves and cliffs, cross broad rivers (all with sturdy bridges) and look out over rugged, densely forested mountains as far as the eye can see.
Tips for Visitors to the Kahurangi National Park
Ensure you have organised transport to drop-off and pick-up from each end of the track prior to starting the hike/walk.
- A moderate level of cardio fitness is required.
- Book the DOC huts prior to starting out on hike/walk.
- Bring insect repellent or bug spray.
- Sturdy footwear and a quality raincoat are needed.
- Any waste or rubbish must be taken out with you