Looking towards Perry Saddle Hut on Heaphy Track, Kahurangi National Park
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.
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Kahurangi is an untracked wilderness in places, elsewhere a network of tracks lets you explore wild rivers, high plateaux, alpine herbfields, and coastal forests.
A network of tracks, fishing, kayaking and caving are some of the park's attractions. Mountainbiking is now allowed on three of these tracks.
Find out about huts, campsites and other accommodation options in and around Kahurangi National Park.
If you are going to be using the track system in the park make sure you are properly equipped and well prepared.
The 78.4 km Heaphy Track is the longest of the DOC Great Walks. Located in Kahurangi National Park, the track crosses expansive tussock downs, lush forests, and stunning coastline. Mountain biking is allowed on a seasonal basis.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Kahurangi National Park.
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Walking track categories
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies