Heaphy Track Day 4

December 5th, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The final day saw us up before 6 am, as we wanted an early start so we could get out in time to go to Kamarea ad have some whitebait fritters before our flight at 2 pm.

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It’s a 16.5 km trek out to Kohaihai. Not quite as much variety as the other days, but still some great sights.

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You cross over many streams heading down into the sea.

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Luckily most of them have bridges.

 

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At times the track lifts up from the sea level a fair bit.

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But at others you are right next to the mighty ocean.

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It’s a damn powerful sea and people have drowned there. During high tide the track can be impassable for a couple of hours. You can see from the power that a single wave could easily knock you down.

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Towards the end, is this lovely beach.

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Scotts Beach is around 50 minutes from the end, and fairly popular place to come into just for a day.

 

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A drinking supply from the rock!

 

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One of several waterfalls during the final portion when you climb up after Scotts Beach.

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The view back to Scotts Beach.

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Getting close to the end.

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Back in the bush.

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The final bridge.

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And we’re out. The final party members literally walked out within 15 seconds of the shuttle turning up, so that was great timing.

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We headed into Karamea for Whitebait Fritters (they were great) and then out to the airport to fly back. Putting on the life jackets in case we crash land on water!

 

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We had joked to the pilot, who had also driven us in on Thursday in the shuttle, that a dozen beer in the plane for the trip home would be great. We were amused and pleased that he actually went out and did that. How is that for great service from Golden Bay Air. So got to fly home and enjoy drinks on the way.

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Fortunately Tracey was just sitting there, but not actually the co-pilot. Even more fortunately the pilot turned down her requests to try flying the plane for a bit.

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That cave on the right is huge. The pilot pretty much turned the plane on its side so we could see down it.

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The end of the , from the air.

 

We got back to Nelson around 3 pm and after much needed showers, headed to the Honest Lawyer for drinks and dinner.

Hugely enjoyed the tramp, and can’t wait for the next one. You can see why people travel from all over the world to come here and see our amazing sights.

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12 Responses to “Heaphy Track Day 4”

  1. gretchenp (5 comments) says:

    Hi David, I have loved your posts on the Heaphy this week! Can’t wait to do another tramp now….it’s been a while (probably not since Duke of E at high school 13 years ago!). Was it a busy track? ie. not too many tourists?

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  2. hj (5,674 comments) says:

    You realise most of the country can’t afford that sort of lifestyle whereas people who can are making the decisions for those who can’t?

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  3. Kea (10,451 comments) says:

    hj, I sense you are not getting into the spirit of things on this one ! :)

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  4. Manolo (12,617 comments) says:

    …headed to the Honest Lawyer for drinks and dinner.

    Alongside The Truthful Politician, the second most fictional pub in NZ.
    Jokes aside, thank you for sharing the photos.

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  5. mikemikemikemike (239 comments) says:

    “You realise most of the country can’t afford that sort of lifestyle whereas people who can are making the decisions for those who can’t?” – Good thing we aren’t reading their blog then, it would be pretty bloody boring by the sounds of it!! :D

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  6. Dave Mann (1,125 comments) says:

    Looks like you had a fantastic time David… and thanks for the excellent report and pics. You make a great travel writer :)

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  7. iMP (2,147 comments) says:

    Anyone can afford to go tramping or walking in Nz, its about attitude, taking the initiative (it need cost nothing) and not sinking into a victim mentality that is jealous of people better off. After all, pre-European Maori were among the best trampers of all ever in NZ and traversed it from top to tail.

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  8. Ed Snack (1,535 comments) says:

    iMP, it’s not “nothing” on the Heaphy, as a GW trail it’s $32 a night for the huts and (I think) $16 for camping. Plus transport to/from. There are cheaper options, most huts have a $5-10 nightly charge, and you have to buy a tent (and it costs a lot more for one light enough to want to carry it, at least IMHO). Plus travel. It can be lower cost, but cost nothing, that’s harder.

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  9. Colville (1,768 comments) says:

    Ed Snack
    Where else can you find holiday accom for $5 a night?
    There a lot of DOC huts that are free. They are the ones that only have a open fire generally and are older.
    imp is right, its not money that would hold you back from seeing the outdoors.

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  10. hj (5,674 comments) says:

    Anyone can stay in a hut but not fly out by aeroplane, trip around the US and go here and there. Especially people with mortgages or those saving for retirement.

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  11. Jack5 (4,215 comments) says:

    Interesting account and pics of a great NZ walk, DPF.

    As a side matter of interest, was there anything on the track – signs or notices or such – about Heaphy, after whom the track was named?

    As well as an explorer and surveyor, I think he was a settler hero in the settler-Maori wars, and was awarded the VC, which was controversial, because colonial troops apparently weren’t supposed to be eligible. Instead, their top bravery award was the New Zealand Cross, which I think von Tempsky, for example, won.

    [DPF: Yes the Heaphy Hut has information about him]

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  12. Jack5 (4,215 comments) says:

    Whoops! In my 9.44 I was mistaken. Von Tempsky doesn’t seem to have won the NZ Cross.

    What a colourful figure he was, though.

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