A forest stream in Oparara valley in the Kahurangi National Park, West Coast  Tourism West Coast

Kahurangi National Park

Translated to mean “Treasured Possession”, Kahurangi National Park is indeed a gem and home to one of New Zealand’s Great Walks – the Heaphy Track. Rich in recreation, Kahurangi National Park is a mixture of dense forest, coastal hiking tracks and alpine peaks.


Kahurangi National Park is located in the northwest corner of the South Island – encompassing the top of the West Coast and western side of the Nelson region.

Getting to Kahurangi National Park

The park can be accessed from Karamea on the West Coast, or Takaka in the Nelson region.
Regular bus services run to these centres, and shuttle services are also available.

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Accommodation in Kahurangi National Park

Accommodation is available in Karamea and also Takaka.

Along the Heaphy Track and Wangapeka tracks, back-country huts are also available. Contact DOC for more information.

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Activities in Kahurangi National Park
  • The Heaphy Track is one of New Zealand’s Great Walks.
  • The Wangapeka is another popular walking track.
  • Many other short walks can be found in the area.
  • Rafting and Kayaking are popular, with rafting tours available.
  • Kahurangi is home to some of the world’s deepest caves. These should only be approached by professionals.

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Kahurangi Climate

Temperatures are generally warm, though cold winter blasts often hit the area.
In the summer, sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses and hats are essential for hiking, walking and recreation activities.

Wildlife in Kahurangi National Park

The Great Spotted Kiwi makes its home in the thick vegetation – emerging at night to feed.
The park is also home to some fascinating insect species, including large cave spiders, Weta and carnivorous land snails.


Nelson Regional Visitor Centre
Millers Acre / Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street

Ph: +64 3 546 9339

 Caves, Kahurangi National Park.  Tourism West Coast

 Parapara peak summit ridge, Kahurangi National Park.  Nelson Tasman Tourism

 Hiking, Sylvestor Lakes, Nelson, Kahurangi National Park  © Nathan Hollis via Flickr