Known as one of New Zealand's "Great Walks" the Heaphy Track is also open for day visitors, so you can explore part of the Kahurangi National Park, without allowing 4-5 days to do it.
For example, some "short walks" near the start of the Heaphy Track (Karamea end) include:
- Nikau Walk | 20 minutes return | At the start of the Heaphy Track, this easy track is great for all ages and leads you to two notable nikau palms.
- Scotts Beach | 1.5 hours return | Continue past the Nikau Walk and over the hill, opening to the beautiful Scotts Beach. It will take around 20 minutes to get to the lookout, and around 45 minutes to walk to the beach itself.
- Katipo Shelter | 6 hours return | Continue past Scotts Beach, to the Katipo Shelter with awesome coastal scenery along the way. It's considered an easy walk.
For full details regarding the Heaphy Track, including accommodation huts, preparation for the full tramp, and latest track conditions, check the DOC link.
This Heaphy Help link will also answer other questions you may have.
*Finalist in the PlanMyPlay 2012 Walk of FameGetting to the Heaphy Track | To get to the starting point, head 15kms north of Karamea to the Kohaihai River. There's a carpark by the Kohaihai Shelter.
See our Things to do in the West Coast map for directions.
Photos Credit | Kohaihai Portion of the Heaphy Track © N Stevenson