Where is it?
The Heaphy Track is located in the north west of the South Island, around 2 hours' drive from Nelson. The track winds from one side to the other of the amazing Kahurangi National Park, the second largest park in New Zealand, and is by far the most diverse of all the Great Walks in terms of flora and fauna.
The track contains some of the oldest rocks in New Zealand as well as a large number of the unique species of animals and plants that have helped make the park a viable contender for a World Heritage title - which it is currently under application for. It is also a stronghold of the Great Spotted Kiwi (Roa) and these can be heard calling from a number of huts at night while on the track. Blue duck (whio) also breed in the area.
Picton (departure point for the InterIsland Ferry), and a few hours drive from Blenheim or Nelson.
The drive from Nelson to the start of the track takes you through some of Nelson's finest wine and fruit growing areas before skirting the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park. The drive both to and from the track traverses some of the most picturesque countryside New Zealand has on offer, including the spectacular Buller River which most walkers will drive alongside if returning to Nelson. Another option is to continue your journey down the West Coast of the South Island.
Flights to and from Nelson connect to all main centres within the country for both domestic and international visitors coming to walk the track. For suggestions on how best to get to Nelson, please feel free to contact us for advice.