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“Saw a Kiwi on the track”
Review of Heaphy Track

Heaphy Track
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

We started off at the Karamea end of the track, finishing at Brown Hut, completed over four days. Day one - the section between Kohaihai and Heaphy Hut was a mix of rain forest, tropical palms, and beach. The track itself is was easy going. The sandflies at Heapy were persistent but SAFE Insect repellent from Hebe Botanicals in Otaki took care of that. The hut was great and there were spare pots and utensils for cooking. The mattresses were hard so if there are spare, recommend doubling up. Day Two Heaphy to James Mackay was 8 km on the flat and about 12 km up to James Mackay. It is a gentle uphill with no steep parts to it. We were quite pleased to get to the hut. This hut again, had spare pots for cooking but not as many as Heaphy. Day Three was from Mackay to Perry Saddle, the longest but the best day of all. The landscape here was just amazing with different landscapes almost every hour. Although the map shows it is up and down, it is mainly all down from Mackay to Saxon. It was here that we came across a Kiwi on the track, at about 0800, that was thrilling if only for 10 - 15 seconds. Saxon to Gouland Downs was pretty easy and there are the caves and beautiful forests. Gouland Downs to Perry was 7 km up but it was a gentle up. Perry is another great hut with spare pots for cooking. The last day was Perry to Brown, the first 2.5 hours was hard going down hill, very rocky and hard underfoot. The last 2.5 hours was much easier on your feet. And then finished. I did find the stones hard to walk over and there are lots of areas that are just stones - like a creek bed. Other than that it was a great walk which was enjoyed by us all.

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Kiwiintheus
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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

This was our first ever great walk and what an absolute beauty!

We flew in (same cost as driving and far shorter time) and started the hike. Every turn held beautiful New surprises and was so motivating to walk. From forest landscapes, to beautiful downs, limestone caves, enchanted forests, river side walks to coastal beaches... Every step was a day dream. The wildlife was phenomenal. I couldn't have asked for better hike.

The huts are beautiful, new and clean. DOC rangers do an amazing job, river swimming is everything you want and we heard the beautiful kiwi. Would do again in a heartbeat.

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank RomNomNom
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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

We were a group of 14, going from north to south. We did it over five relaxing days, staying at Perry Saddle, Saxon, James Mackay and Heaphy huts. Three of these four were new and very luxurious, two with flush toilets. Going from north to south meant a hard uphill slog on the first day, but we were then rewarded with a lot of down hill on the remaining days.

Highlights of the tramp:
Sunset over beach at Heaphy Hut - best ever
Gouland Downs vistas
Monument valley
Flora and founa - great variety
Carnivorous snails
Easy grading of tracks - no stairs
Ruggered coast line
Shared experience

No grand vistas (as you get with Fiordland tracks). There are some good views.
Some of the crew were over it by day five, can be easily done in four days

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank classicchch
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Reviewed 20 December 2017

Fantastic walk! We walked from brown to perry saddle to mackay to heaphy to kohaihai. I really enjoyed myself and loved the huts and scenery.

There are a few places to swim on the way: at perry saddle, saxon and heaphy hut. Each is really cold but so refreshing.

the track is really good and easy to walk- the hills are really gentle, but the days are long so it is quite exhausting.

Some tips (keeping in mind that i am not an expert tramper):
- start blister prevention from the first kilometre. TAPE YOUR FEET BEFORE YOU START! several people who i walked with, had worn their boots on several other tramps, but the length and heat resulted in some severe blisters.
- take loads of plasters, hiker's wool, and (rather surprisingly) sanitary pads for blisters should you be unlucky enough to get blisters.
-take deet. there are sandflies everywhere- particularly around heaphy hut and kohaihahi.

Loved this tramp- everything is so beautiful and quiet.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank eprose
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Reviewed 14 December 2017

It's a slog going up (from Takaha side). Took me a good 3.5 hours as the track is quite rocky. Huts are amazing, especially the new ones. Although we went in mid October, when we woke up at James MacKay hut, it was snowing. Just enough to cover the ground and make it rather cool. So don't forget your warm gear. The next day over the tops is fairly easy, track a bit more graded. Plus, plenty of sights along the way, We went over and down to Heaphy Hut by the sea. The next day very short - two hours max and quite stunning scenery along the coast. Not at all technical. This track is relatively easy, apart from the slog uphill the first day. DoC has put the hard yards in and it is well worth the effort.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank 78Rachel
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