Getting there

Location of Heaphy Track.
Location of the Heaphy Track in the north-west corner of the South Island

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The Heaphy Track is not a circuit track; the start/end of the track at Brown Hut in Golden Bay and Kohaihai on the West Coast are 463 km apart by road.

Air access

Air services make it possible to walk the track one way and return by air to near your starting point.

Air New Zealand flies into Nelson, the closest regional airport to the Brown Hut, and into Westport, the closest regional airport to Kohaihai. Check Air New Zealand flights.

A number of local operators provide air transport into Takaka in Golden Bay and Karamea on the West Coast. Find air transport services for Takaka (Golden Bay New Zealand website) or air transport services for Karamea (Karamea Information and Resource Centre website).

Road access

Brown Hut is 156 km and a 2 hr 25 min drive from Nelson. To reach this eastern end of the track:

  • Take SH 60 from Nelson to Collingwood (128 km)
  • At Collingwood take the road up the Aorere Valley to Brown Hut (28 km)

Kohaihai is 110 km and a 1 hr 45 min drive from Westport. To reach this western track end -

  • Take SH 67 from Westport to Karamea (95 km)
  • At Karamea head north to the car park and campsite at the Kohaihai River (15 km)

Track transport

Bus and taxi services are available to reach either end of the track from nearby towns. Both ends of the track have telephones; local calls for transport are free. Regular bus services link Nelson and Westport. 

There are a number of DOC-approved transport providers operating on the areas DOC manages. Transport providers are also listed on:



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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

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