The Heaphy Experience


A full service guided mountain biking journey in New Zealand’s remote back country. The Heaphy Track is a remote, multi-day, mountain bike ride that has no equal in New Zealand. 80km of single-track starts in beautiful Golden Bay and traverses to the West Coast through diverse landscape and vegetation.

This is a 4-day guided mountain biking journey that will allow you to experience everything the Heaphy has to offer without any hassle of organising the logistics! This will get you there, fuel your engine and tantalize your taste buds, enrich you, exhaust you and send you home with a smile as wide as a West Coast beach.

What is the biking like?

  • 80 km cross country single track riding in a back-country environment.
  • GRADE 3-4 Suitable for riders with a minimum of intermediate mountain biking skills. The track is technical and rocky in parts with steep slopes, exposed sections and frequent creek crossings.
  • Winter riding conditions can increase riding level to a Grade 4+ when factoring distance and remoteness.
  • FITNESS: A good level of mountain biking fitness and experience is required.
  • 3 DAYS mountain biking - two half days and one full day. 16-45 km per day.

Included in your 4-day trip:

  • TRANSPORT: Vehicle transport from Takaka to the start of the track and return from Karamea to Golden Bay by helicopter.
  • GUIDING: Professional, qualified and knowledgeable local guides.
  • FOOD: Your guides will transport and cater delicious and nutritious meals and snacks from Dinner on day-one to lunch on day-four.
  • ACCOMMODATION: One night in coastal lodge, two nights in bunk style DOC Huts
  • GROUP SIZE: 2-6 bikers.

Itinerary: Takaka - Takaka

Day 1 - Your guide will meet you at 5pm at your accommodation in Golden Bay for a trip briefing and make a thorough check that you have all the gear you need. Enjoy a dinner with your guide(s) and others in your group.

DAY 2 - Following a hearty breakfast you head off to the Heaphy trailhead, picking up a coffee on the way. Then it’s on our bikes and gently uphill on benched tracks through ancient beech forests to Perry Saddle hut at 880m, stopping on the way for a picnic lunch to fuel our legs!! Relax and unwind by the fire while we prepare dinner! |17.5 kms | 3-5 hours

DAY 3 - Up early for the big day! After breakfast you head off across the open tussock country of Gouland Downs. A short climb and some lovely riding will build a healthy appetite for lunch at MacKay Hut. The afternoon begins with a 12 km fun downhill through West Coast subtropical forest and ultimately out to the sea and Heaphy Hut amidst massive nikau palms. Take a walk on the beach before dinner while the sun sinks into the Tasman Sea. |44.5 kms | 6-8 hours

DAY 4 - The last section of this spectacular ride snakes its way in and out of wild west coast beaches and ancient groves of nikau palms. We meet our transport at Kohaihai before heading to Karamea for a welcome hot shower and lunch. From Karamea we’ll fly by helicopter back to Golden Bay. In the rare case that it is not possible to fly - vehicle transport will be provided. | 16.2kms | 2-4 hours.



  • Takaka - Takaka: $1950
  • Takaka - Takaka including bike hire and bike rack hire: $2150
  • Takaka - Takaka including bike rack hire: $1995
  • Nelson - Nelson: $2090
  • Nelson - Nelson including bike hire and bike rack hire: $2290
  • Nelson - Nelson including bike rack hire: $2135

Dates Available

Contact us for dates not listed below. 

  • June 2 - 5
  • June 16 - 19
  • June 30 - July 3
  • July 14 - 17
  • July 28 - 31
  • August 11 - 14
  • August 25 - 28
  • September 8 - 11
  • September 15 - 18
Questions? Call Matt at 034418494 or contact using this form.