Upper South Island and the West Coast Places


Kahurangi National Park


Bush & Beyond. For excellent guided walk and multiday hiking service throughout Kahurangi National Park, Bush & Beyond is a good choice. Trips are tailored to your level of fitness and interests, and their help on a multiday trail like the Heaphy Track can be invaluable. Trips can be self-catering (still guided) or fully guided, where your accommodation, food, and transfers are all taken care of. These guys operate year-round and know the Kahurangi area back to front, and beyond. They are also ardent conservationists, and founded the "Friends of Flora"conservation group, which aims to control predator pests and restore the wildlife of the beauiful Flora region of the park. 03/528–9054. www.bushandbeyond.co.nz.

Heaphy Track. The most famous walk in Kahurangi National Park is the 78-km (49-mile), five-day Heaphy Track. The track is one of the Great Walks, regarded as the premier multiday walking trails of New Zealand. It traverses a grand landscape mix of beech forests, tussock-covered table lands, temperate rain forest and coastal beaches, and nikau palm forests en route from Golden Bay to Karamea, on the West Coast. (The track can be walked either way, from Karamea north, or south from near Collingwood.) Kiwi are often heard along the way. There are seven huts and nine campsites along the Heaphy Track, and spaces in both must be booked year-round. Bookings can be made online or through DOC offices or the Nelson or Motueka i-SITE Visitor Centres. Each end of this track is several hours' drive apart; shuttle transport (by coach or air) can be arranged. For help and advice contact the Great Walks Help Desk. Kahurangi National Park, Tasman, 7073. 03/546–8210 Great Walks Help Desk. . www.doc.govt.nz.

Kahurangi Guided Walks. If you'd like some expert company on hikes around the national park, Kahurangi Guided Walks runs easy half- and one-day treks on the best routes. A more strenuous, three-day walk goes to the rarely visited Boulder Lake, and there are also the five-day hikes on the Heaphy Track. Prices vary for each customized trip; these folk also run guided walks in Abel Tasman National Park. 03/525–7177. www.kahurangiwalks.co.nz.