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

DOC carried out an aerial 1080 operation on 11-12 October 2014 to control rats, possums and other predators as part of our Battle for our Birds programme.

The area affected is 40,000 ha of Kahurangi National Park including the areas west of Takaka Valley between the Waingaro River and the Aorere River and inland to include Boulder Lake and the Anatoki, Devil, Haupiri and Douglas Ranges.

The tracks were temporarily closed during the 1080 bait application until the track was inspected by DOC staff and as many baits and carcasses removed as possible. Further track inspections are scheduled but bait can continue to fall onto the track from overhead vegetation for many days after the operation.

Carcasses of poisoned rats, mice and possums may also be found on the track.

For more information contact the DOC Takaka Office, 62 Commercial St, Takaka, ph +64 3 525 8026.

Mt Arthur area

DOC and TbFree NZ have completed an aerial application of 1080 pesticide in Kahurangi National Park on 26 August 2014 to control rats and possums.

The tramping tracks from Venus Hut via the Leslie Valley to Flora Hut; Leslie Valley to Flanagan Hut to the Baton Road; Ellis Basin Hut track, both Mt Arthur tracks from Flora hut, both Lodestone tracks, Lower Junction Track and Clouston Mine track were sown over. Baits have now been cleared from these tracks. Be aware that baits can get caught up in trees and can be dislodged through wind action many days after the operation. Do not touch these baits.

Area west of Tapawera between the Karamea River, Lookout Range and Matiri Range and includes the Wangapeka River, Mount Owen/Marino Mountains and Fyfe River

Pest operations in this 44,000 area is scheduled to start on Monday 13 October 201

All DOC tracks within the operational block will be temporarily closed until baits have been removed from the track.Signs will be installed at track entrances immediately prior to the operation. Major tracks affected include the Wangapeka Track and Leslie/Karamea Track. The Wangapeka River Road will be closed during the operation.

Dogs are particularly susceptible to this poison. Dogs are only allowed in the park by permit, but people with dogs in areas adjoining the park need to keep their dogs under control to avoid contact with carcasses.

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