Heaphy Track - Department of Conservation

The Heaphy Track Great Walk offers nature's best, from native birds in lush forests to nikau palms by the roaring seas of the West Coast.

The Heaphy Track, located in Kahurangi National Park at the north-west corner of the South Island, is the longest of the Great Walks and usually takes 4-6 days to walk.

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.



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