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 is carrying out aerial 1080 pest control operations in Kahurangi National Park as part of our Battle for our Birds programme in these areas:

  • Cobb Valley from the Cobb Power House, the Mt Arthur Tablelands north of Salisbury Lodge and west to the Marshall Ranges and central Tasman mountains: operation completed 7–8 November 2014.
  • 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: operation completed 14 October 2014.
  • Takaka Valley between the Waingaro River and the Aorere River and inland to include Boulder Lake and the Anatoki, Devil, Haupiri and Douglas Ranges: operation completed 12 October 2014.
  • Mt Arthur area: operation completed 26 August 2014.
  • Eastern section of the Heaphy Track between Brown Hut to a point just west of James Mackay Hut: completed 14–15 October 2014.

Get details about these operations.


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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Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
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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