Blog: Everything under the Sun

See also our Heaphy Track: Frequently Asked Questions. Welcome to the Golden Bay Air Blog: ‘Everything Under the Sun’ where we share what we know about our beautiful region. Enjoy!

By Richard and Lisa: 1 January, 2022

The Heaphy Track is a heady combination of lush forest, tussock downs, rock outcrops and booming West Coast surf—and it's one of our favourite walks in the country here at Golden Bay Air.

Whether you're wondering what you'll see, deciding what to pack, or thinking about logistics, read on for a complete guide to walking the Heaphy Track. Read more... about the Complete Guide to the Heaphy Track

View along Heaphy Track heading north, palm fringed beach

By Simon Thomas: 21 December, 2021

So you've decided to walk the Heaphy Track—you're in for an epic adventure on New Zealand's Great Walk with the widest variety of landscapes!

I will walk you through some easy steps to planning a multi-day trip on the Heaphy Track, from deciding on your Heaphy huts to your transport logistics to your packing and food preparation. Read more... about Planning your Heaphy Track trip

Standing by Heaphy Sign at Brown Hut

By Simon Thomas: 18 September, 2021

The Heaphy Track has the most diverse scenery of any Great Walk in New Zealand—from Beech forest to rocky mountain terrain, to tussock downs, to Nikau palms and thundering surf, and plenty of entertainment along the way.

Read on for the full details of the track and a heads up on those bucket-list activities and sights that add to the magic of the Heaphy. Read more... about 7 must-dos

Beware, giant snails lurk on the Heaphy Track!

By Simon Thomas: 9 May, 2021

On a multi-day hike, the gear you take can be the difference between enjoying an epic adventure or suffering a painful slog.

Because, when done right, freeze dried food, lightweight backpacks and modern fabric can see you carrying as little as 5kg for a two-day trip, and 7kg for four days (including food!). Read more... about What gear to pack

Lawn in front of Heaphy Hut with Heaphy River mouth in background

By Simon Thomas: 16 March, 2021

Hiking through the lush forests and gorgeous coastline of the Heaphy or Abel Tasman tracks is made all the more pleasurable when you're walking light. To lighten the load, think about every item you take—ask yourself, it might be useful some of the time, but do you really need it?

Also, can you afford to upgrade different bits of gear to lighter versions? Or can you ditch some non-essentials? Read more... about Tips to save weight

Crossing stream on the Heaphy Track

By Simon Thomas: 2 January, 2021

The Heaphy Track and Abel Tasman Coastal Track are two incredible Great Walks in the upper South Island—lush forest, stunning coastlines, abundant wildlife and plenty of history.

To up your game and make your walking experience as unforgettable as the scenery, there's a few magical tips you need to know about. Read more... about Top 10 walking tips

New swingbridge crossing the Heaphy River

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