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5 Day Heaphy Track Classic Gourmet Guided Walk

About 78.4 kms/23-24 Hours Hiking over 5 Days

Days
5

Pricing From
$1995

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Overview

Our 5 day Heaphy Track New Zealand Guided Hike in Kahurangi National Park is one of the Great Walks of New Zealand and an all inclusive package starting and finishing in Nelson.

We walk the track from the north (Collingwood) end and finish 5 days later at the Kohaihai River on the West Coast. We stay each night in Department of Conservation huts where your guides prepare a fantastic gourmet meal.

We have become known as the gourmet guided walk company, not only because of the high standard of food that is presented, (we cater for all dietary requirements) but also the personal, relaxed and friendly style of trips we orchestrate, with an emphasis on your comfort and enjoyment of the experience. Whether it is information on the flora and fauna, conservation gems along the way or just the great company of your group and guides.

Depending on your preference, you can opt for the Classic Heaphy Track 4 day or 5 day option - the 5 day tour splits one of the longer days in half and makes for an overall easier trip.

Tour Grading: C

  • No hiking experience necessary.
  • Reasonable agility and fitness required

View from Mt Perry on the Heaphy Track

Gouland Downs on the Heaphy Track

Near Saxon Hut on the Heaphy Track

Heaphy Track

Heaphy River swingbridge

Near Lewis Hut on the Heaphy Track

West Coast beach on the Heaphy Track

New Zealand Cormorant

looking back to Mackay on the Heaphy Track

Poweliphanta on the Heaphy Track

Rocky beach on the Heaphy Track

Walkers on beach on the Heaphy Track

River to the West Coast  on the Heaphy Track

View down to Perry Saddle on the Heaphy Track

Itinerary

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Day 1Brown Hut to Perry Saddle HutApprox. 17.5 kms, 5 hours

Pick up at your accommodation in Nelson 7am and travel to Brown Hut (beginning of the track) - briefings etc. The track gradually climbs through Podocarp and beech forest to Flanagan's Corner (your highest point on the track at 915m). Grand views of Aorere Valley can be seen with Mt Taranaki visible on a clear day. From here a gentle stroll on to Perry Saddle Hut, this is 880 metres above sea level and has bunk-style accommodation for 26.

Day 2Perry Saddle Hut to Saxon HutApprox. 12.4 kms, 4 hours

This is an easier day with only 4 hours walking. The track passes through patches of beech forest before the wide expanse of the tussock covered Gouland Downs can be seen sprawling toward the West Coast.

The track meanders down to Cave Brook, passing the famous 'boot pole' on which trampers have tied their old boots. Past a limestone outcrop, with caves and waterfalls, we continue on the flatter part of the Downs to Saxon Hut (16 bunks) - our accommodation for this evening.

Day 3Saxon Hut to Makay HutApprox. 11.8 kms, 3.5 hours

The track crosses the Saxon River flats, then onto the broad ridge between the Gouland and Mackay Downs, passing old poles marking the boundary between Nelson and the West Coast provinces. The vegetation varies between tussock and shrub fringed beech forest with glimpses of the ocean in the distance.

After a leisurely morning and a late breakfast at Saxon hut we head off across the Saxon downs, crossing several bridged rivers along the way, if we’re lucky enough we might even see some Whio or blue duck, as we reach the end of saxon downs we begin gently climbing a broad ridge where we cross over the boundary between the east and west department of conservation conservancies. From here we continue to climb towards the Makay Downs The track here is also interesting as you will start to see the impressive pink coloured Karamea granite, a crystal rich mix of quartz, mica and feldspar. We will also be passing by outcrops of giant granite boulders emerging from the tussock.
The view from Makay hut is spectacular and allows us to see right down to the west coast and Heaphy river mouth where we will be spending our last night. Now it’s time to relax while your guides prepare another fantastic meal while you sit and enjoy the newest hut on the track built in 2013.

Day 4Mackay Hut to Heaphy HutApprox 20.5km, 6-7 hours

We leave the picturesque location on top of the ridge at Makay Hut this morning, and head off to an even more impressive location, the Heaphy River Mouth! 

Beautiful views down to the Heaphy River mouth reward us here, before we set off again. The track descends gradually to the Heaphy River through beech and sub-tropical Podocarp forest to the Lewis Hut our destination for lunch.

From here the track meanders along the banks of the Heaphy River, passing giant Rata, and Kahikatea  trees. The 20 bunk Heaphy Hut, our accommodation for the evening, is situated close to both river and sea. This is a truly magical spot.

Day 5Heaphy Hut to KohaihaiApprox. 16.2 kms, 5 hours

Walk from the Heaphy Hut along a coastline studded with Nikau groves to the track's end at the Kohaihai River. Some beach walking is possible at low tide. This is a spectacular coastal walk -one of NZ's best day walks - to complete your Heaphy adventure. Our van meets you at the Kohaihai River mouth where we transfer you to Nelson. Arriving Nelson around 7pm to deliver you to your Nelson accommodation.

Cost per person
September 2019 - May 2020

  • NZ$1,995

Deposit: NZ$300 per person
Balance payable at least 30 days prior to departure

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Brown Hut to Perry Saddle HutApprox. 17.5 kms, 5 hours

Pick up at your accommodation in Nelson 7am and travel to Brown Hut (beginning of the track) - briefings etc. The track gradually climbs through Podocarp and beech forest to Flanagan's Corner (your highest point on the track at 915m). Grand views of Aorere Valley can be seen with Mt Taranaki visible on a clear day. From here a gentle stroll on to Perry Saddle Hut, this is 880 metres above sea level and has bunk-style accommodation for 26.

Day 2Perry Saddle Hut to Saxon HutApprox. 12.4 kms, 4 hours

This is an easier day with only 4 hours walking. The track passes through patches of beech forest before the wide expanse of the tussock covered Gouland Downs can be seen sprawling toward the West Coast.

The track meanders down to Cave Brook, passing the famous 'boot pole' on which trampers have tied their old boots. Past a limestone outcrop, with caves and waterfalls, we continue on the flatter part of the Downs to Saxon Hut (16 bunks) - our accommodation for this evening.

Day 3Saxon Hut to Makay HutApprox. 11.8 kms, 3.5 hours

The track crosses the Saxon River flats, then onto the broad ridge between the Gouland and Mackay Downs, passing old poles marking the boundary between Nelson and the West Coast provinces. The vegetation varies between tussock and shrub fringed beech forest with glimpses of the ocean in the distance.

After a leisurely morning and a late breakfast at Saxon hut we head off across the Saxon downs, crossing several bridged rivers along the way, if we’re lucky enough we might even see some Whio or blue duck, as we reach the end of saxon downs we begin gently climbing a broad ridge where we cross over the boundary between the east and west department of conservation conservancies. From here we continue to climb towards the Makay Downs The track here is also interesting as you will start to see the impressive pink coloured Karamea granite, a crystal rich mix of quartz, mica and feldspar. We will also be passing by outcrops of giant granite boulders emerging from the tussock.
The view from Makay hut is spectacular and allows us to see right down to the west coast and Heaphy river mouth where we will be spending our last night. Now it’s time to relax while your guides prepare another fantastic meal while you sit and enjoy the newest hut on the track built in 2013.

Day 4Mackay Hut to Heaphy HutApprox 20.5km, 6-7 hours

We leave the picturesque location on top of the ridge at Makay Hut this morning, and head off to an even more impressive location, the Heaphy River Mouth! 

Beautiful views down to the Heaphy River mouth reward us here, before we set off again. The track descends gradually to the Heaphy River through beech and sub-tropical Podocarp forest to the Lewis Hut our destination for lunch.

From here the track meanders along the banks of the Heaphy River, passing giant Rata, and Kahikatea  trees. The 20 bunk Heaphy Hut, our accommodation for the evening, is situated close to both river and sea. This is a truly magical spot.

Day 5Heaphy Hut to KohaihaiApprox. 16.2 kms, 5 hours

Walk from the Heaphy Hut along a coastline studded with Nikau groves to the track's end at the Kohaihai River. Some beach walking is possible at low tide. This is a spectacular coastal walk -one of NZ's best day walks - to complete your Heaphy adventure. Our van meets you at the Kohaihai River mouth where we transfer you to Nelson. Arriving Nelson around 7pm to deliver you to your Nelson accommodation.

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