As with the Paparoa Track, the Heaphy Track is also a Great Walk and a shared use track. Note: Mountain bikers are only permitted May to November, so embrace the winter riding! Located at the top of the West Coast in the Kahurangi National Park, the scenery does not disappoint. You will experience dense beech forests, expansive tussock plains, limestone cliffs along the Heaphy River, nikau palm groves and white sandy beaches along the West Coast.
The Heaphy is an intermediate to advanced ride. However, most riders who have ridden both the Old Ghost Road and the Heaphy tracks describe the Heaphy as a less technical and more rideable trail the whole way through. If the track is wet, it makes it a much more advanced ride. The track can be ridden in either direction, however most ride from Brown Hut (about 34 kilometres from Collingwood), finishing on the West Coast at Karamea. Hut fees for the 6 huts/campsites along the way are $34 a night bookable through DOC.