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Heaphy Track: Lewis Hut - Heaphy Hut

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A short but stunning run through lush, prehistoric rainforest and past spectacular limestone cliffs.


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4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

94%

Runnable

125' 38 m

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441' 135 m

Up

480' 146 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

28%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features River/Creek

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

Description

From Lewis Hut, the track crosses the Heaphy River, via the new 148.4-metre suspension bridge. The track continues for 8 km along the left bank to the river mouth through a forest of kahikatea, rimu, and rata and past limestone cliffs to the modern 32-bunk Heaphy Hut.

There is still one of the older swing bridges on this section of track. Several massive ancient rata trees grace the track, and the regions iconic nikau palms become more prevalent as you approach the warmer West Coast. At the Heaphy Hut, the Heaphy River meets the Tasman with a turbulent clash of freshwater and salty sea.

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Shared By:

Alan Eskrick

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