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Level: Advanced
Length: 50 mi (80.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: +852/177 ft
Total: 3 riders
 

Mountain Biking Heaphy Track

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#9 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#1098 in the world

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:
http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/nelson-tasman/places/kahurangi-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/heaphy-track/

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.

Before you go
  • Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
East end: From Takaka head for Collingwood but one kilometre before it, turn left towards Bainham. Continue past Bainham for 33km. This road is impassible after heavy rain.
West end: The trailhead is 16km north of Karamea.
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  • Desperado
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    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.

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