Swingbridge over Wekakura Creek
PHOTO: DOC/90 Seconds © 


Travel through expansive tussock downs, lush forests and nīkau palms to the roaring seas of the West Coast.


  • Look and listen out for great spotted kiwi/roroa around Gouland Downs

  • Try and spy the nocturnal carnivorous land snail around Heaphy Hut on a damp night.

  • Get on your bike! Mountain bikes are allowed between 1 May and 30 September.

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Booking dates: The date bookings will open for the 2017/18 season will posted on 14 March 2017. Bookings will not open before 3 April 2017.


Win a $750 Prezzy card: Complete our Great Walks survey and go into the draw to win a $750 Prezzy card (a credit card pre-loaded with $750). Check your Great Walks booking confirmation for the survey link.


Track overview

78.4 km

Walking and tramping

4 - 6 days Intermediate: Great Walk/Easier tramping track

Mountain biking

2 - 3 days Advanced: Grade 4
Expert: Grade 5

Seasonal restrictions

Mountain biking is only allowed from 1 May - 30 September.

Dog access

No dogs


Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
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