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Heaphy Track - Scotts Beach & Walk




From Karamea township drive 15 kilometres north on the Karamea-Kohaihai Road, to the Kohaihai River and road end – the start of the Heaphy walking track through Kahurangi National Park to the Nelson and Tasman region.
The road is sealed until you enter the Park boundaries where you will see the familiar green and yellow information signs from the Department of Conservation.
You will find an excellent camping and picnic area at road end, with toilets, shelter and a telephone.

Heaphy Track - Scotts Beach & Walk

Start this walk from the carpark and follow the Kohaihai River up the valley to the long swing bridge.  The Scotts Beach/Heaphy track climbs steadily through beautiful bush studded with nikau palms, karaka and rata.  The dusky red blooms of the rata flower close to Christmas in December, along with the New Zealand ‘Christmas Tree’, the pohutukawa.

When you reach the saddle of the hill, you will see a short track to a lookout with views out to Scotts Beach below.  You’re nearly there – just an easy track down to the sand – and then a little further to a wonderfully sheltered picnic area with toilets and a drinking water fountain.
Warning:  It might look inviting, but do not be tempted to swim here – there are dangerous currents and undertow.

General Info

Length: 2 or 3 hours return

Difficulty: Easy and most school age children will be able to manage both the distance and the hill – especially with a picnic in between.

Contact Details

Email: info@karameainfo.co.nz

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