Heaphy Track

5.00 out of 5
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↑ 900 m
↓ 200 m
elevation (m)

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About this trail
The Heaphy Track is an 80km (50 mile) challenging multi-day, remote back-country adventure ride. It is ridden for its awesome scenery, it wilderness charisma, its unique native forest, its coastal vistas, wildlife and because it's a great challenge needing advanced riding skills and perseverance.

It's a very popular hiking track, considered one of New Zealand's best. There are several back-country huts along the way but not a café or cell phone tower for many miles! Most of the huts have cookers and pots so you can travel light but...

The track is only open to bikers from 1 May to 30 September, winter, when this part of the planet can be cold and wet. Check the weather forecast before even thinking of starting this adventure!

In good conditions this track is exceptional. Here is the gush from http://heaphytrack.com/mountain_biking.html
"The Heaphy Track is the only multi-day ride through a National Park in New Zealand. The 80-kilometre course through the Kahurangi National Park traverses dense beech forests, expansive tussock plains and boulder outcrops of the Gouland Downs, takes in the limestone cliffs along the Heaphy River and through the nikau palm groves and white sandy beaches along the West Coast to Karamea."

That site is excellent and has a blow by blow description of the track with excellent maps and everything you will need to know to plan and organise your adventure. Be sure to check it out.

The Department of Conservation has also has an excellent page on the track here:

The track also has its own Facebook feed: https://www.facebook.com/HeaphyTrack

And of course google will find you oodles more information and pictures.

Huts have to be booked in advance and you can do it here: greatwalksbooking@doc.govt.nz or at information centres.

This is a trail you don't want to rush - it's one of those once in a lifetime adventures that you want to savour.
added by Jim CummingsWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (2)

May 11, 2016
Review: Amazing ride over multiple days. An epic trip with plenty of challenges and fantastic scenery. Best ridden from Takaka end finishing in Karamea. Great 1 hour downhill from James MacKay hut that makes all the climbing on the first day worthwhile!

Similar Trail: Old ghost road (according to some old timers I spoke to)


May 26, 2015
Desperado Trailblazer  
Review: On this planet it doesn't get much better than the Heaphy Track. It's got what it takes - adventure, amazing scenery, wilderness, magical dinosaur forest, coastal cool, and a feeling of intense remote wilderness. It's not for the faint hearted. In rain and wind it's misery. In sun and calm it's beyond sublime.

Heaphy Track MTB Trail 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 2 user reviews.
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