Heaphy track transport is our specialty. We often drop off trampers and mountain biking enthusiasts at Brown Hut (in Golden Bay) and pick them up from Kohaihai (Near Karamea). We even do it the other way around if you’d like to trek from South to North!
Brown Hut: We’ve safely delivered people to Brown Hut from all over the top of the South: Picton, Blenheim, Nelson, Takaka, Murchison, Wakefield, Richmond, Westport, Kaikoura…
Kohaihai: From Kohaihai people have requested to go down to Hokitika, Christchurch, Nelson, Picton.. all over! We are as flexible as you need us to be.
The Heaphy track is the longest, but arguably flattest Great Walk in New Zealand at 78.4km long. This track is located in Kahurangi National Park and today it is one of the most famous walking tracks in the country. This track starts from the upper valley of Aorere River at Brown Hut in the Golden Bay and finishes at the West coast of Kohaihai. It is usually completed on foot in 4 to 5 days. The huts are modern (fires, gas stoves, running water, double glazing, comfy bunk beds). You can sometimes see the kiwi bird at night, rare giant snails, lots of weka birds and the odd German tourist if you’re lucky. While you walk you’ll see a large variety of scenery from deep bush, tussock planes as far as you can see, bridged rivers and beach environments, to Nikau Palm forest! More information can be found here at the DOC site: Click here
You can Mountain Bike the Heaphy track from 1 May to 30 November. Our team of experts is friendly and experienced whose focus is to provide a safe, professional transportation service. There are 7 tramper’s huts and 3 emergency shelters along the path which are maintained by DOC. We have a custom made mountain bike trailer which can take up to 13 bikes. All the huts along the trail have special mountain bike storage racks, the tracks are well groomed and wide to give you the best experience. Have a look at the DOC page here for mountain bike information. Click here.
At Maxi Adventures, We provide transport to/from Brown Hut and Kohaihai for both trampers and mountain bikers (in the winter).
Brown Hut to Perry Saddle: – It covers the distance of 17.5km and takes approx. 5 hours to cover. From Brown Hut (in Golden Bay), you will find a bridge which takes you across from Brown River. This track slowly climbs to a saddle view across the Aorere valley. From this valley, you can also see the peak of Mt. Taranaki (highest point of this track) on a clear day.
Perry Saddle to Saxon Hut: – This section of the Heaphy Track is 13km and it takes 3-4 hours. On the way Gouland Down (oldest Hut on the Track) has heating facilities and 8 bunk spaces. There is also a limestone outcrop where you find waterfalls and caves. Saxon Hut is a new hut on this track and has all modern facilities needed.
Saxon Hut to Lewis Hut: – This section is 27 km and usually takes 6-7 hours. This part is very close to Saxon river and caution must be taken in the rainy season due to floods. This track starts by climbing a ridge and then continues around the Mackay Downs with small streams down to Heaphy River. After Mackay Downs, you enter the forest and you can start hearing the sound of waves as you approach Lewis Hut.
Lewis Hut to Heaphy Hut: 8 km in 2.5 hours. This track has two picturesque bridges over Heaphy River and left bank. Heaphy hut is very close to the Heaphy River, and can accommodate 28 people
Heaphy Hut to Kohaihai: – This track covers the distance of 16.5 km in approx. 5 hours. It goes through forest and beach areas. After covering a little distance, you will reach Scott beach and the final bridge of the track.