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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 Golden Bay Air special fares 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. Note seasonal minimum number of fares below.

Walking from Brown Hut to Kohaihai
Depart
Arrive
Rate
Specials
Takaka->Brown Hut
10:20am
11:10am
$50pp
Brown Hut->Kohaihai
Kohaihai->Karamea
1:00pm
1:20pm
$25pp
 
Karamea->Takaka
1:30pm
2:00pm
$229pp
Return Package: First 2 fares:
$299pp
 
Extra fares:
$249pp
Walking from Kohaihai to Brown Hut
Depart
Arrive
Rate
Specials
Takaka->Karamea
12:30pm
1:00pm
$229pp
Karamea->Kohaihai
1:20pm
1:40pm
$25pp
 
Kohaihai->Brown Hut
Brown Hut->Takaka
11:20am
12:10pm
$50pp
Return Package First 2 fares:
$299pp
 
Extra fares:
$249pp
1 Single fares are available on shuttles that have existing bookings in place, please click here for availability
2 Backfill specials are available on repositioning legs of flights already booked, please click here for availability
Peak:
Off-peak: 
16 Dec-6 Apr
7 Apr-15 Dec
Min: 2 fares
Min: 4 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
$130 flat rate

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 Packages.

Walking from Brown Hut to Kohaihai
Depart
Arrive
Rate
Specials
Nelson1->Brown Hut
7:30am
11:10am
$110pp
Brown Hut->Kohaihai
Kohaihai->Karamea
1:00pm
1:20pm
$25pp
 
Karamea->Nelson
(may route via Takaka)
1:30pm
2:10pm
(2:50pm)
$319pp
Return Package First 2 fares:
$449pp
 
Extra fares:
$369pp
 
Walking from Kohaihai to Brown Hut
Depart
Arrive
Rate
Specials
Nelson1->Takaka
7:30am
10:10am
$95pp
Takaka->Karamea
12:30pm
1:00pm
$229pp
Karamea->Kohaihai
1:10pm
1:30pm
$25pp
 
Kohaihai->Brown Hut
Brown Hut->Nelson1
11:20am
3:50pm
$110pp
1 Pickups and drop-offs may be booked with shuttles online from Nelson City (Millers Acre bus stop), Nelson Airport and other locations
2 Single fares are available on shuttles that have existing bookings in place, please click here for availability
3 Backfill specials are available on repositioning legs of flights already booked, please click here for availability
Peak:
Off-peak: 
16 Dec-6 Apr
7 Apr-15 Dec
Min: 2 fares
Min: 4 fares

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.

Walking from Brown Hut to Kohaihai
Depart1
Arrive1
Rate
Specials
Wellington->Takaka
9:00am
10:10am
$239pp
 
Takaka->Brown Hut
10:20am
11:10am
$50pp
Brown Hut->Kohaihai
Kohaihai->Karamea
1:00pm
1:20pm
$25pp
 
Karamea->Takaka
1:30pm
2:00pm
$229pp
Takaka->Wellington
4:30pm
5:30pm
$229pp
 
Return Package First 2 fares:
$779pp
 
Extra fares:
$699pp
 
Walking from Kohaihai to Brown Hut
Depart1
Arrive1
Rate
Specials
Wellington->Takaka
9:00am
10:10am
$239pp
 
Takaka->Karamea
12:30pm
1:00pm
$229pp
Karamea->Kohaihai
1:10pm
1:30pm
$25pp
 
Kohaihai->Brown Hut
Brown Hut->Takaka
11:20am
12:10pm
$50pp
Takaka->Wellington
4:30pm
5:30pm
$239pp
 
Return Package First 2 fares:
$779pp
 
Extra fares:
$699pp
 
1 Departure/Arrival time varies seasonally, dependant on Wellington-Takaka schedule. Child fares discounted $40 each-way on Wellington flights only. Fares may vary for flights around public holidays
2 Single fares are available on shuttles that have existing bookings in place, please click here for availability
3 Backfill specials are available on repositioning legs of flights already booked, please click here for availability
Peak:
Off-peak: 
16 Dec-6 Apr
7 Apr-15 Dec
Min: 2 fares
Min: 4 fares

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 available as an all-inclusive return Package.

Walking from Kohaihai to Brown Hut
Depart1
Arrive1
Rate
Specials
Karamea->Kohaihai
1:10pm
1:30pm
$25pp
 
Kohaihai->Brown Hut
Brown Hut->Takaka
11:20am
12:10pm
$50pp
Takaka->Karamea
12:30pm
1:00pm
$229pp
Return Package First 2 fares:
$299pp
 
Extra fares:
$249pp
 
1 Departure/Arrival time varies seasonally
2 Single fares are available on shuttles that have existing bookings in place, please click here for availability
3 Backfill specials are available on repositioning legs of flights already booked, please click here for availability
Peak:
Off-peak: 
16 Dec-6 Apr
7 Apr-15 Dec
Min: 2 fares
Min: 4 fares

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.

We offer free pick-ups and drop-offs in selected accommodation and locations in Nelson, Nelson Airport, Takaka Visitor Centre and Takaka Airport.

Note we require a minimum of 2 seats booked on shuttles during peak season and 4 seats during off-peak season (see below for dates). Singles may join shuttles that are already booked. Check a list of shuttle specials that do not require a minimum number to book.

Shuttle Schedule
Depart1
Arrive1
Nelson2->Takaka
7:30am
1:00pm
10:10am
3:40pm
Takaka->Brown Hut
10:20am
11:10am
Kohaihai->Karamea
1:00pm
1:20pm
Karamea->Kohaihai
1:10pm
1:30pm
Brown Hut->Takaka
11:20am
12:10am
Takaka->Nelson2
7:40am
1:10pm
10:30am
3:40pm
Shuttle fares3
Takaka
Brown Hut
Kohaihai
Nelson
$95pp
$110pp
Takaka
$50pp
Karamea
 
 $25pp
1 Departure/Arrival time varies seasonally
2 Pickups and drop-offs may be booked with shuttles online from Nelson City (Millers Acre bus stop), Nelson Airport and other locations
3 Single fares are available on shuttles that have existing bookings in place, please click here for availability
Peak:
Off-peak: 
16 Dec-6 Apr
7 Apr-15 Dec
Min: 2 fares
Min: 4 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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