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Walking the Heaphy Track

Get a picture of what it's like to walk the Heaphy Track, the scenery and the hut accommodation you'll enjoy.

View YouTube footage produced for the Department of Conservation.

 
 

Heaphy Track Transport for Walkers

See also our Heaphy Track Transport for Mountain Bikers.

Make your Heaphy Track transport part of the adventure with Golden Bay Air's Heaphy Track flights and shuttles!

Our scheduled Heaphy Track flights run daily from Wellington, Takaka, Nelson and Karamea, with connecting shuttles to both the Brown Hut (Golden Bay) and Kohaihai (Karamea) ends of the track. This allows you to book your transport to walk the track in either direction.

You can also break your journey at any point—for example to overnight in Takaka and/or Karamea.

If you are flexible with your dates, you may be able to take advantage of a Golden Bay Air Special fare which are available on repositioning legs of flights already booked. These fares are available to book online, or feel free to call or email us to enquire.

We recommend you check out the availability of your Heaphy transport before you book your huts or campsites with the Department of Conservation.

Click on your departure point below to view your transport options:

Heaphy Track Transport from Takaka

Golden Bay Air offers year-round flight/shuttle options ex Takaka that enable the Heaphy Track to be walked from Brown Hut to Kohaihai or reverse, available as all-inclusive return Packages. Packages are available year-round, minimum 2 fares. Please call or email us to book transport in reverse direction to itinerary below.

Heaphy Package ex Takaka

Package
Season
2+ pax
Return Package ex Takaka
Year-round
$269pp
Route
Depart
Arrive
Takaka->Brown Hut
10:20am
11:10am
Brown Hut->Kohaihai
Kohaihai->Karamea
1:00pm
1:20pm
Karamea->Takaka
1:30pm
2:00pm
 

Build your own itinerary

Our regular scheduled flight and shuttle connections are available to book online allowing you to book one-way transport if desired. Or call or email us for friendly advice.

Heaphy Track Transport from Nelson

Golden Bay Air offers same-day flight/shuttle connections ex Nelson that enable the Heaphy Track to be walked from Brown Hut to Kohaihai or reverse, available as all-inclusive return transport Packages. Packages are available year-round, minimum 2 fares. Layovers are possible in Takaka or Karamea, if desired.

  • Fly-in fly-out: Flight from Nelson to Takaka, connecting shuttle to start the walk at Brown Hut; on completion at Kohaihai, shuttle to Karamea for flight back to Nelson
  • Shuttle-in fly-out: Shuttle from Nelson to start the walk at Brown Hut; on completion at Kohaihai, shuttle to Karamea for flight back to Nelson

The packages allow the Heaphy to be walked in either direction. Please call or email us to book transport in reverse direction to itineraries below.

Fly-in fly-out ex Nelson

Package
Season
2+ pax
Return Package ex Nelson
Year-round
$549pp
Route
Depart
Arrive
Nelson->Takaka
9:40am
10:10am
Takaka->Brown Hut
10:20am
11:10am
Brown Hut->Kohaihai
Kohaihai->Karamea
1:00pm
1:20pm
Karamea->Nelson
(may route via Takaka)
1:30pm
2:10pm
(2:50pm)
 
Off-peak: 
Peak:
1 Mar 22–30 Nov 22: 
1 Dec 22–30 Apr 23:
Min: 4 fares
Min: 2 fares
 

Bus-in fly-out ex Nelson

Package
Season
First 2 pax
Extra pax
Return Package ex Nelson
Off-peak
$499pp
$399pp
Peak
$399pp
Route
Depart
Arrive
Nelson->Brown Hut
7:50am
11:10am
Brown Hut->Kohaihai    
Kohaihai->Karamea
1:00pm
1:20pm
Karamea->Nelson
(may route via Takaka)
1:30pm
2:10pm
(2:50pm)
 
Off-peak: 
Peak:
1 Mar 22–30 Nov 22: 
1 Dec 22–30 Apr 23:
Min: 4 fares
Min: 2 fares
 

Build your own itinerary

Our regular scheduled flight and shuttle connections are available to book online allowing you to book one-way transport if desired. Or call or email us for friendly advice.

Heaphy Track Transport from Wellington

Golden Bay Air offers same-day flight/shuttle connections ex Wellington that enable the Heaphy Track to be walked from Brown Hut to Kohaihai or reverse, available as all-inclusive return transport Packages. Packages are available year-round, minimum 2 fares. Layovers are possible in Takaka or Karamea, if desired. Please call or email us to book transport in reverse direction to itinerary below.

Heaphy Package ex Wellington

Package
Season
2+ pax
Return Package ex Wellington
Year-round
$699pp
Route
Depart
Arrive
Wellington->Takaka
9:00am
10:10am
Takaka->Brown Hut
10:20am
11:10am
Brown Hut->Kohaihai
Kohaihai->Karamea
1:00pm
1:20pm
Karamea->Takaka
1:30pm
2:00pm
Takaka->Wellington*
4:00pm
5:00pm
* Departure/Arrival time varies seasonally, refer to Wellington-Takaka schedule
 

Child fares discounted $40 each-way on Wellington flights only. Fares may vary for flights ex Wellington around Easter and Christmas

Build your own itinerary

Our regular scheduled flight and shuttle connections are available to book online allowing you to book one-way transport if desired. Or call or email us for friendly advice.

Heaphy Track Transport from Karamea

Golden Bay Air offers year-round flight/shuttle options ex Karamea that enable the Heaphy Track to be walked from Kohaihai to Brown Hut or reverse. Our regular scheduled flight and shuttle connections are available to book online allowing you to book one-way transport if desired. Or call or email us for friendly advice, or to book reverse direction to itinerary below.

Walking from Kohaihai to Brown Hut

Route
Depart
Arrive
Karamea->Kohaihai
1:20pm
1:40pm
Kohaihai->Brown Hut
Brown Hut->Takaka
11:20am
12:10pm
Takaka->Karamea
12:30pm
1:00pm
 
 

Heaphy Track Shuttle Bus Transfers

Golden Bay Air offers convenient shuttle bus transfers between Nelson, Takaka and Brown Hut on the Golden Bay end of the Heaphy Track. At the West Coast we book shuttles with Karamea Express to transport our passengers between Kohaihai amd Karamea to connect with our scheduled flights to Nelson, Takaka and Wellington.

Single fares are available on shuttles with previous bookings, please book online to check availability.

Shuttle Schedule

Route
Depart
Arrive
Nelson->Takaka
7:50am
1:00pm
10:10am
3:20pm
Takaka->Brown Hut
10:20am
11:10am
Kohaihai->Karamea
1:00pm
1:20pm
Route
Depart
Arrive
Karamea->Kohaihai
1:20pm
1:40pm
Brown Hut->Takaka
11:10am
12:00am
Takaka->Nelson
7:50am
1:00pm
10:10am
3:20pm

Shuttle fares

 
Takaka
Brown Hut
Kohaihai
Nelson
$80pp
$95pp
Takaka
$50pp
Brown Hut
$50pp
Karamea
 
 $25pp
 
Off-peak: 
Peak:
1 Mar 22–30 Nov 22: 
1 Dec 22–30 Apr 23:
Min: 4 fares
Min: 2 fares

Brown Hut Car Relocation

An on-demand car relocation is available between Takaka and Brown Hut if you have your own vehicle in Takaka. Please call or email us to book.

Route
Year-round
Takaka<->Brown Hut Car Relocation
$120 flat rate
 

Heaphy Track Group Bookings

Golden Bay Air can fly up to 10 walkers at one departure time, and greater numbers on back-to-back flights. Please call or email us for a group booking quote.

Guided Options

Complete packages combining Golden Bay Air flights and ground transport with expert guiding, food and accommodation are available from Kahurangi Guided Walks. Heaphy Track and Kahurangi National Park guided walks are also offered by Bush and Beyond.

Why Golden Bay Air

  • We know the Heaphy—we’ve walked it and biked it ourselves, and we’ve flown it since 2006. If you need advice with planning any aspect of your journey, please contact us—we can help!
  • We operate both shuttles and flights—so every part of your journey is covered, and we’ll coordinate it all for you
  • We’ll look after you and provide back-up options if the weather doesn’t play ball
  • Plus the flights are spectacular, our pilots and drivers give great commentary, and you’ll have more time to spend where it matters—on the track!
Heaphy River Mouth from the air

Heaphy Track Information

From ancient Beech forest to alpine tussock downlands to palm fringed wild beaches, the Heaphy Track traverses a diverse range of landscapes and vegetation. Though the longest of New Zealand's 10 Great Walks, the track is well graded and achievable by anyone with moderate fitness. Accommodation is of a high standard with three new huts built between 2012-2014.

Heaphy Track Links

 
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