Kahurangi National Park

This large park at the South Island’s northwest corner is home to the most diverse habitat of any New Zealand national park. The biggest attraction in this park is the Heaphy Track, one of the lesser walked of DOC’s Great Walks.

The park’s diverse environment allows over half of New Zealand’s plant species to thrive here including 80% of its alpine flora.

Coming and going

Although public transport is not very convenient in this corner of New Zealand, there are a couple of shuttle bus operators including the Heaphy Bus Company and Trek Express that run bus connections to Kahurangi National Park giving you access to both ends of the Heaphy Track.


The Department of Conservation maintains seven huts and seven campsites along the Heaphy Track. You have to buy a Heaphy Track hut or camp pass from a DOC office to walk along the track. Huts on the Heaphy Track cost $34 per night and it costs $14 per night to camp.

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