Nelson/Tasman and West Coast regions

Looking towards Perry Saddle Hut on Heaphy Track, Kahurangi National Park.

Looking towards Perry Saddle Hut on Heaphy Track, Kahurangi National Park

Map of New Zealand highlighting the Nelson/Tasman and West Coast regions.

Created in 1996, Kahurangi is one of New Zealand's newest national parks, and at 452,002 hectares it is also the second largest. Translated, its name has a number of meanings including 'treasured possession', an apt description of its wonderfully diverse natural and recreational values. In places it is an untracked wilderness, elsewhere a wonderful network of tracks lets you explore wild rivers, high plateaux and alpine herbfields, and coastal forests.

View the Kahurangi National Park brochure (PDF, 593K).

Alert/Important notice

 Pest control operations / Graham Valley Road open to 4WD vehicles only

Graham Valley Road is rough and slippery and extreme caution is required. Contractors may still be working on site.

Pest control operations

DOC will carry out an aerial 1080 operation in approximately 270,000 ha of Kahurangi National Park to control rats, possums and other predators as part of its Battle for our Birds programme.

Non toxic pre feed baits will be applied first followed, approximately 5 days later (weather permitting), by the toxic baits. The area is divided into 5 separate operational blocks and each may be treated at different times.

Most tracks within the operational block to be treated will be temporarily closed until baits have been removed from the track. Major tracks include the eastern portion of the Heaphy Track and Wangapeka Track. The Cobb Road and Wangapeka River Road will be closed until baits have been removed during the Cobb and Wangapeka block operations respectively. The Oparara Basin Access Road will be closed during the Oparara block operations.

This operation is scheduled to start at the first weather opportunity after 1 September 2014. Get

View more information or contact the Motueka Office tel +64 3 528 18), Takaka Office tel +64 3 525 8026), or Westport Office tel +64 3 788 8008).

Mt Arthur area

Non-toxic baits will be applied first from  15 August or 16 August followed approximately 5 days later (weather permitting) by toxic baits. Huts will be excluded from the area toxic baits will be applied.

The access road from Graham Valley to Flora Saddle will be temporarily closed during the toxic bait application.

The tracks to Mt Arthur hut via Flora Saddle and Flora hut will be temporarily closed during the application of toxic baits and will remain closed until baits are removed.

Some delays can be expected on other tracks in the Flora catchment and Leslie, Karamea and Baton valleys as they are cleared of toxic baits. Do not enter tracks that are taped off with ‘track closed’ signs present.

Depending on weather conditions, it is intended to start applying the toxic bait from 23 August.

For further information contact the DOC Motueka Office, phone +64 3 528 1810.


Kahurangi is in the northwest corner of New Zealand's South Island. Motueka, Takaka, Karamea, Tapawera and Murchison are the park's gateway towns.

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1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies


Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 546 9339
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
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