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Mountain biking the Heaphy Track

The Heaphy Track is New Zealand's première multi-day single track ride.

View YouTube footage of one of our MTB groups in action.

 
 

Heaphy Track Transport for Mountain Bikers

See also our Heaphy Track transport for walkers.

Top off your Heaphy Track ride with a scenic Golden Bay Air flight and make the transport part of your adventure!

Golden Bay Air operates daily Heaphy Track flights and connecting shuttle transport from Karamea, Takaka, Motueka, Nelson and Wellington to both the Brown Hut (Golden Bay) and Kohaihai (Karamea) ends of the track. This allows you to book transport to bike 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 with the Department of Conservation.

We provide wheel and bike bags to protect your equipment. We stow the bags side by side in our aircraft to avoid stacking.

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
1 May-30 Nov
$299pp
Route
Depart
Arrive
Takaka->Brown Hut
10:20am
11:10am
Brown Hut->Kohaihai
Karamea->Takaka*
1:30pm
2:00pm
* Departure time may vary according to date
MTB Season: 
1 May-30 Nov
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 Nelson

Golden Bay Air offers same-day flight/shuttle connections ex Nelson that enable the Heaphy Track to be riden from Brown Hut to Kohaihai or reverse, available as all-inclusive return transport Packages. Packages are available during the Heaphy MTB season 1 May-30 Nov, 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 ride at Brown Hut; on completion at Karamea, return flight Nelson
  • Shuttle-in fly-out: Shuttle from Nelson to start the ride at Brown Hut; on completion at Karamea, return flight to Nelson

The packages allow the Heaphy to be biked 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
1 May-30 Nov
$639pp
Route
Depart
Arrive
Nelson->Takaka
9:40am
10:10am
Takaka->Brown Hut
10:20am
11:10am
Brown Hut->Kohaihai
Kohaihai->Karamea (optional)
1:00pm
1:20pm
Karamea->Nelson*
(may route via Takaka)
1:30pm
2:10pm
(2:50pm)
* Departure time may vary according to date
MTB Season: 
1 May-30 Nov
Min: 2 fares

Bus-in fly-out ex Nelson

Package
Season
2+ pax
Return Package ex Nelson
1 May-30 Nov
$399pp
Route  
Depart
Arrive
Nelson->Brown Hut
7:50am
11:10am
Brown Hut->Kohaihai    
Kohaihai->Karamea (optional)
1:00pm
1:20pm
Karamea->Nelson*
(may route via Takaka)
1:30pm
2:10pm
(2:50pm)
* Departure time may vary according to date
MTB Season: 
1 May-30 Nov
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 ridden from Brown Hut to Kohaihai or reverse, available as all-inclusive return transport Packages. Packages are available during the Heaphy MTB season 1 May-30 Nov, 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
1 May-30 Nov
$799pp
Route
Depart
Arrive
Wellington->Takaka
9:00am
10:10am
Takaka->Brown Hut
10:20am
11:10am
Brown Hut->Kohaihai
Kohaihai->Karamea (optional)
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
MTB Season: 
1 May-30 Nov
Min: 2 fares
 

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 riden 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.

Riding from Kohaihai to Brown Hut

Route
Depart
Arrive
Karamea->Kohaihai (optional)
1:20pm
1:40pm
Kohaihai->Brown Hut
Brown Hut->Takaka
11:20am
12:10pm
Takaka->Karamea
12:30pm
1:00pm
* Departure/Arrival time varies seasonally, refer to Wellington-Takaka schedule
MTB Season: 
1 May-30 Nov
Min: 2 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 (optional) 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 (including bike)

 
Takaka
Brown Hut
Kohaihai
Nelson
$90pp
$105pp
Takaka
$60pp
Brown Hut
$60pp
Karamea
 
 $35pp
 
MTB Season: 
1 May-30 Nov
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 Information

Between May and November each year, the Heaphy Track transforms from 'Great Walk' to 'Great Ride'. 80km of well graded single-track with some technical sections, traversing stunning scenery makes for a sensational multi-day ride.

If you need advice with planning any aspect of your journey, please contact us—we can help!

 
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