Heaphy Track

From forest to coast, the Heaphy Track combines all of New Zealand's scenic beauty into one Great Walk.

Travel through expansive tussock downs, lush forests and nīkau palms to the roaring seas of the wild West Coast.

4-6 days
Kahurangi National Park, north-west South Island
Nearest towns
Nelson, Westport, Collingwood
Nearest airport
Nelson, Westport

If it's varied and rugged landscapes with mountain views you're looking for, you'll be spoilt for choice on the Heaphy Track. Tackle the track in 4-5 days, or take your time and soak in the views over 6-days starting from either the Nelson or Westport end.


  • Kahurangi National Park is home to an abundance of native birds. Weka, tūī, kererū, kea and kākā can be found along the way
  • Fantastic flora! See huge podocarps and giant northern rātā in the lowland forest, a huge variety of alpine and sub alpine species on the Gouland Downs and karaka, ngaio and nīkau palms in the coastal forest
  • Get on your bike! From 1 May to 30 September every year, you can mountain bike the Heaphy Track and takes 2-3 days to ride. Riding from Aorere to Karamea is the most popular

Find out more in the Heaphy Track brochure.

Things to know before you go

It is important to plan and prepare your trip and be well equipped on a Great Walk. For a full list of the equipment and preparation required for The Abel Tasman Coast Track, plus the latest track updates and information on getting there, please visit the Department of Conservation website.

Safety is your responsibility - It is important that you check in with the nearest DOC Visitor Centre prior to beginning your walk. For detailed safety information, including tramping conditions in New Zealand and The Outdoor Safety Code - 5 simple rules to help you stay safe - visit www.adventuresmart.org.nz.

Heaphy Track image courtesy of the Department of Conservation