If you prefer independent adventure but with certain elements arranged, we can assist with our Heaphy Track Four Day Freedom Walk. This all-inclusive package includes pre or post accommodation in Nelson, transport to/from the track, Department of Conservation hut-style accommodation, route guide and information pack.
Please note that accommodation is in Department of Conservation huts which are pre-booked for our guests - these are basic but comfortable and must be shared with other track walkers. Clients must carry their own pack containing clothing, sleeping bag, food and cooking equipment/eating utensils. Gas is available in the huts.
Day 1 – Brown Hut to Perry Saddle Hut
(Approx. 5 hours/17km)
Pick up at accommodation in Nelson and travel to Brown Hut (beginning of the track). The track gradually climbs through podocarp and beech forest to Flanagans Corner (your highest point on the track at 915m). Grand views of Aorere Valley can be seen with Mt Taranaki visible on a clear day. It is a gentle stroll on to Perry Saddle Hut, which is 880m above sea level, and has bunk-style accommodation for 28.
Day 2 – Perry Saddle Hut to James Mackay Hut
(Approx. 7-8 hours/25km)
The BIG day begins through tussock clearings and scattered beech forest until the open Gouland Downs can be seen sprawling towards the West Coast. Pass the famous boot pole and continue across the downs, past Saxon Hut onto the edges of Mackay Downs. From here, there are glimpses of the mouth of the Heaphy River and the Tasman Sea. It is not long before the 26 bunk James Mackay Hut is reached.
Day 3 – James Mackay Hut to Heaphy Hut
(Approx. 6-7 hours/21km)
The track from Mackay Hut descends gradually to the Heaphy River through beech and subtropical podocarp forest to the Lewis Hut. From here the track meanders along the banks of the Heaphy River, passing giant rata trees. The 32 bunk Heaphy Hut, your accommodation for the evening, is situated close to both river and sea.
Day 4 – Heaphy Hut to Kohaihai
(Approx. 5 hours/17km)
Walk from the Heaphy Hut along a coastline studded with Nikau groves to the track’s end at the Kohaihai River. This is a spectacular coastal walk – one of NZ’s best day walks – to complete your Heaphy adventure. Our van with your luggage on board meets you at Kohaihai to transfer you back to Nelson.
$659NZ per person – Track Package + Backpacker Pre/Post
$720NZ per person – Track Package + Bed & Breakfast Pre/Post
$739NZ per person - Track Package + Hotel Pre/Post
- Option of one night in Hotel/Bed & Breakfast/Backpacker accommodation in Nelson
- All transport ex. Nelson to and from the Heaphy Track
- 3 nights’ accommodation in Department of Conservation Huts – communal bunk-style; no showers
- Excess luggage transfers from start of track to end of track – overnight pack required to be carried on track
- Route guide and information pack
- Available year round subject to minimum of two persons