On this hiking experience, there's a range of landscapes, from rivers to expansive tussock downs, and from lush forests to nikau palms and the roaring seas of the West Coast.
The Heaphy Track hosts a variety of native birdlife. Robin, weka, tui, and woodpigeon often appear. You may even see large parrots - kea and kaka, or even the whio / blue duck. Listen out for the great spotted kiwi at night.
The track is well formed and suitable for fit, well-equipped people. Accommodation can be booked at Department of Conservation (DOC) huts or campsites. Shorter day walk options or overnight hikes from either end are also popular.
Start your journey through New Zealand's stunning landscapes at a Department of Conservation (DOC) Visitor Centre. Information about conservation areas, as well as DOC's 14,000 km of tracks, 9 Great Walks, and network of 950 huts and 324 campsites.