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Heaphy Track: James Mackay Hut - Lewis Hut

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A gradual descent into richer West Coast bush with glimpses of the Heaphy River.


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7.5

Miles

12.0

KM

89%

Runnable

2,295' 700 m

High

96' 29 m

Low

116' 35 m

Up

2,300' 701 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

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Maximum group size six. Hut bookings required in advance throughdoc.govt.nz/heaphytrack

Description

Beyond James Mackay Hut, a gradual 12.5km descent to the Heaphy River begins. The track is through beech forest at first, but richer and taller forest typical of the West Coast become dominant.

There are some rough creek crossings which may be wise to take slowly, but otherwise DOC have done a great job of reinstating the water tables, graveling the surface, and draining boggy sections.

Occasional tantalising glimpses of the Heaphy River are seen through the forest. The 20 bunk Lewis Hut appears at the junction of the Heaphy River with the smaller Lewis River, along with the first nikau palms.

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Shared By:

Alan Eskrick

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