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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.

Choose from our regular scheduled departure times available to book online or contact us to discuss on-demand timing, or flights from anywhere else in New Zealand.

If you are flexible with your dates, why not take advantage of a great deal by booking a Golden Bay Air Backfill Special. These amazing fares are available on repositioning legs of flights already booked.

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, minimum 2 fares.

Additionaly, on-demand departure times are available at Off-peak rates, year-round. Please call or email us to enquire.

Walking from Brown Hut to Kohaihai (per person fares)

Route
Depart
Arrive
Season
2-3 pax
4+ pax
Backfill
Takaka->Brown Hut
10:20am
11:10am
Peak
$45
 
Off-peak
$65
$50
 
Brown Hut->Kohaihai  
Kohaihai->Karamea
1:00pm
1:20pm
Peak
$20
 
Off-peak
$25
$20
Karamea->Takaka
1:30pm
2:00pm
Peak
$189
Off-peak
$219
$189
Return Package ex Takaka
Peak
$249
 
Off-peak
$299
$249

Walking from Kohaihai to Brown Hut (per person fares)

Route
Depart
Arrive
Season
2-3 pax
4+ pax
Backfill
Takaka->Karamea
12:30pm
1:00pm
Peak
$189
Off-peak
$219
$189
Karamea->Kohaihai
1:10pm
1:30pm
Peak
$20
 
Off-peak
$25
$20
Kohaihai->Brown Hut  
Brown Hut->Takaka
11:20am
12:10am
Peak
$45
 
Off-peak
$65
$50
 
Return Package ex Takaka
Peak
$249
 
Off-peak
$299
$249
* Backfill specials are available on repositioning legs of flights already booked, please click here for availability
Peak Season:
Off-peak Season: 
1 Oct-30 Apr
1 May-30 Sep
 
A surcharge may apply for on-demand departures before 8:00am/after 5:00pm

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 Transport from Nelson

Golden Bay Air offers year-round Heaphy Track flight/shuttle options ex Nelson:

  • Fly-in fly-out: Flight from Nelson to Takaka, connecting shuttle to Brown Hut, shuttle from Kohaihai to Karamea and flight from Karamea to Nelson. Available as an all-inclusive return Package year-round, minimum 2 fares
  • Bus-in fly-out: Shuttle from Nelson to Brown Hut, shuttle from Kohaihai to Karamea and flight from Karamea to Nelson. Available as an all-inclusive return Package year-round, minimum 4 fares

The itinerary and fares below are for walkers starting at Brown Hut and finishing at Kohaihai though our schedules allow the Heaphy to be walked in either direction. On-demand departure times are also available at Off-peak rates, year-round. Please call or email us to enquire.

Fly-in fly-out ex Nelson (per person fares)

Route
Depart
Arrive
Season
2-3 pax
4+ pax
Backfill
Nelson->Takaka
9:40am
10:10am
All
$169
Takaka->Brown Hut
10:20am
11:10am
Peak
$45
 
Off-peak
$65
$50
 
Brown Hut->Kohaihai
Kohaihai->Karamea
1:00pm
1:20pm
Peak
$20
 
Off-peak
$25
$20
Karamea->Nelson
(may route via Takaka)
1:30pm
2:10pm
(2:50pm)
Peak
$269
Off-peak
$309
$269
Fly-in fly-out Package ex Nelson
Peak
$489
 
Off-peak
$549
$489
* Backfill specials are available on repositioning legs of flights already booked, please click here for availability
Peak Season:
Off-peak Season: 
1 Oct-30 Apr
1 May-30 Sep
 

Bus-in fly-out ex Nelson (per person fares)

An economical alternative for groups is to shuttle between Nelson and Brown Hut, then return to Nelson as above. Please call or email us to book.

Route
Depart
Arrive
Season
4+ pax
Backfill
Nelson->Brown Hut
8:00am
11:10am
All
$75 (min 6 fares)
 
Bus-in fly-out Package ex Nelson
All
$389 4-5 pax
$349 6+ pax
 
Peak Season:
Off-peak Season: 
1 Oct-30 Apr
1 May-30 Sep

Heaphy Track Transport from Wellington

Golden Bay Air offers year-round same-day connections to and from the Heaphy Track ex Wellington. Layovers are possible in Takaka or Karamea, if desired. All-inclusive return Packages are available during Peak season (Oct-Apr), minimum 2 fares.

Walking from Brown Hut to Kohaihai (per person fares)

Route
Depart
Arrive
Season
2-3 pax
4+ pax
Backfill
Wellington->Takaka
9:10am
10:15am
All
$209
 
Takaka->Brown Hut
10:20am
11:10am
Peak
$45
 
Off-peak
$65
$50
 
Brown Hut->Kohaihai
Kohaihai->Karamea
1:00pm
1:20pm
Peak
$20
 
Off-peak
$25
$20
Karamea->Takaka
1:30pm
2:00pm
Peak
$189
Off-peak
$219
$189
Takaka->Wellington
4:30pm*
5:35pm*
All
$209
 
Return Package ex Wellington
Peak
$649
 
Off-peak
$699
$649

Walking from Kohaihai to Brown Hut (per person fares)

Route
Depart
Arrive
Season
2-3 pax
4+ pax
Backfill
Wellington->Takaka
9:10am
10:15am
All
$209
 
Takaka->Karamea
12:30pm
1:00pm
Peak
$189
Off-peak
$219
$189
Karamea->Kohaihai
1:10pm
1:30pm
Peak
$20
 
Off-peak
$25
$20
Kohaihai->Brown Hut  
Brown Hut->Takaka
11:20am
12:10am
Peak
$45
 
Off-peak
$65
$50
 
Takaka->Wellington
4:30pm*
5:35pm*
All
$209
 
Return Package ex Wellington
Peak
$649
 
Off-peak
$699
$649
* Departure/Arrival time varies seasonally, refer to Wellington-Takaka schedule
* Backfill specials are available on repositioning legs of flights already booked, please click here for availability
Peak Season:
Off-peak Season: 
1 Oct-30 Apr
1 May-30 Sep
 
Child fares discounted $40 each-way on Wellington flights only. A surcharge may apply for flights ex Wellington around Easter and Christmas

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.

Additionaly, on-demand departure times are available at Off-peak rates, year-round. Please call or email us to enquire.

Walking from Kohaihai to Brown Hut (per person fares)

Route
Depart
Arrive
Season
2-3 pax
4+ pax
Backfill
Karamea->Kohaihai
1:10pm
1:30pm
Peak
$20
 
Off-peak
$25
$20
Kohaihai->Brown Hut  
Brown Hut->Takaka
11:20am
12:10am
Peak
$45
 
Off-peak
$65
$50
 
Takaka->Karamea
12:30pm
1:00pm
Peak
$189
Off-peak
$219
$189

Walking from Brown Hut to Kohaihai (per person fares)

Route
Depart
Arrive
Season
2-3 pax
4+ pax
Backfill
Karamea->Takaka
9:40am
10:10am
All
$219
Takaka->Brown Hut
10:20am
11:10am
Peak
$45
 
Off-peak
$65
$50
 
Brown Hut->Kohaihai  
Kohaihai->Karamea
1:00pm
1:20pm
Peak
$20
 
Off-peak
$25
$20
* Backfill specials are available on repositioning legs of flights already booked, please click here for availability
Peak Season:
Off-peak Season: 
1 Oct-30 Apr
1 May-30 Sep
 
A surcharge may apply for on-demand departures before 8:00am/after 5:00pm

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.

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