Swingbridge over Wekakura Creek
Image: DOC/90 Seconds ©

Introduction

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

Highlights

All drone use must be authorised by DOC

A concession is required to fly a drone on any public conservation land - apply to fly recreationally or commercially.

  • Look and listen out for great spotted kiwi/roroa and takahē 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 November.

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2018/2019 bookings

Bookings for trips from 1 July 2018 will open on Thursday 14 June at 9:30 am.

Create a user account on our new booking system so you’re ready to make a booking when bookings open. If you’ve had an account before, you’ll need to create a new account on our system.

To make a booking for dates before 30 June 2018, contact the local DOC Visitor Centre.

 

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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

Seasonal restrictions

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

Dog access

No dogs

Contacts

Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
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Motueka i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
Phone:   +64 3 528 6543
Email:   info@motuekaisite.co.nz
Address:   20 Wallace Street
Motueka 7120
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