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Bookings & Information

Min 2 fares per Karamea flight
or Heaphy Shuttle


Freephone (NZ):


9am-5pm daily
+64 3 525 8725
0800 588 885
+64 3 525 8726

Golden Bay Air Limited
PO Box 256
Takaka 7142
New Zealand

Golden Bay Air operates scheduled flights and shuttle buses to the Heaphy Track that makes planning this epic walk easy.

Flights from Karamea to Takaka

Wondering how to get back to your car after you've finished the Heaphy?

Park your car at Takaka Airport and take our comfortable shuttle bus to Brown Hut at the beginning of the Heaphy Track.

When you've finished the track, catch a spectacular Golden Bay Air flight from Karamea over the Heaphy Track back to Takaka. What a great way to complete your journey!

If you like the idea of an easy first day, consider doing the whole route in reverse.

Flights from Wellington to the Heaphy Track

Travelling from the North Island? With Golden Bay Air you can be walking the Heaphy Track within a couple of hours. Fly our scheduled service from Wellington to Takaka and link with our shuttle to Brown Hut. When you finish the track, take our scheduled flights from Karamea back to Takaka and on to Wellington.

Booking is easy...

Our scheduled Heaphy Track flights and Brown Hut shuttle can be booked online. For groups of 3 or more, we offer attractive discounts to our Karamea-Takaka flights and Brown Hut shuttle fares. We can also customise departure times to suit you, or fly you from Karamea to Motueka or Nelson. Please call us to discuss.

Heaphy Track and Karamea Information

Retracing your steps: West Coast, Heaphy Track

One of New Zealand's most spectacular and diverse Great Walks, the Heaphy Track is an 82 km traverse through lush forests, tussock downlands, nikau palms and wild beaches. Beginning in Golden Bay the route ends near Karamea on the West Coast.

Heaphy Track hut spaces and campsites need to be booked prior to departure. We advise that you check availability for your preferred dates before booking your flights and shuttles.

Karamea Express departs Karamea to Kohaihai daily at 12:30 and 1:30pm and Kohaihai to Karamea at 1:00pm and 2:00pm ($15pp, Tel: 3 782 6757). Rongo Backpackers provides transport on demand ($15 pp, Tel: 3 782 6667).

The weather on the Heaphy Track can be wet and unpredictable any time of year. Flights into Karamea or shuttles into Brown Hut are sometimes disrupted. While we endeavour to provide alternate transport in adverse weather, it is worth building some flexibility into your trip. For example, consider planning a little extra time to enjoy Karamea—its well worth the visit!

Camping fuels are as hazardous substances and cannot be carried on our aircraft. We can provide fuel at cost-price when you arrive in Takaka by prior arrangement. All huts except Brown Hut and Gouland Downs Hut have gas cookers.

There are telephones at Brown Hut, Kohaihai Shelter and Karamea Aerodrome. Cell phone coverage is only available on the beach between Heaphy Hut and Kohaihai Shelter via the Telecom network. There is no reception on the Vodafone network.

Portering and food drops are available from Heaphy Track Help and guiding services from Bush & Beyond, Southern Wilderness and Kahurangi Guided Walks.

After your tramp, why not stay a while in Karamea? Go caving, heli-rafting, kayaking, mountain biking or fishing. Or just relax. There are plenty of accommodation options available.

Heaphy Track Links

Flights operated by Capital Air Limited (Air Transport Licence 66981)
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