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Best trails in Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

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Looking for a great trail in Kahurangi National Park, Nelson-Tasman? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 5 hard trails in Kahurangi National Park ranging from 4.2 to 13.4 miles and from 216 to 5,813 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Kahurangi is the second largest park in New Zealand. There is true wilderness in the park with wild rivers, coastal forest, and high plateaus. This park is famous for the setting of Rivendell in Lord of the Rings. Enjoy the tracks as you explore the park.

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Map of trails in Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand
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Top trails (9)
#1 - Heaphy Track
Kahurangi National Park
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Length: 44.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Heaphy Track is a remote hike in the north-west of South Island. It is the longest Great Walk and most diverse. What makes it so interesting is the variety of scenery: bush, mountains, streams and waterfalls, caves, tussock plains, ocean and beaches with palm trees and wonderfully blue water. The four to five day trail follows a historic, scenic highway from the inland forests across a high rolling plateau. Best time is mid-February through March.Show more
#2 - Mount Arthur
Kahurangi National Park
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Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 6 h 20 m
Keep an eye out on weather before heading to the summit Mount Arthur. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/nelson-tasman/places/kahurangi-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/mount-arthur-summit/Show more
#3 - Fenian Track
Kahurangi National Park
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 4 h 48 m
The track starts off with a bridle track on an easy gravel path. The track goes through a bush environment with tons of places to stop and look at tall tree ferns, cliff edges, and waterfalls that lead into the roaring river in the adjacent valley. The track feels very wild with lots of vegetation (tons of weka birds on the trail). After you reach Mahoney bluff, the track turns into a very rugged, muddy track with steep slopes as you move toward the caves. At the cave, you can see glow worms.Show more
#4 - Pupu Springs
Kahurangi National Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
#5 - Oparara Arch
Kahurangi National Park
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Length: 1.0 mi • Est. 33 m
#6 - Lodestone Track
Kahurangi National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 3 h 2 m
Enjoy views of the Tasman Bay and the Arthur Range from the top of Lodestone. A 4WD vehicle is necessary in the winter to access to the trailhead.Show more
#7 - Parapara Peak Track
Kahurangi National Park
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 7 h 43 m
#8 - Ellis Hut via Ellis Basin Route
Kahurangi National Park
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Length: 13.4 mi • Est. 8 h 8 m
Note: Graham Valley Road, to the Mount Arthur area, is steep and narrow. Accessing the road in winter, without chains, is not recommended. Check with the DOC on weather conditions before proceeding. This track offers views of Ellis Basin, follows the Ellis River, and ends up Ellis Hut. The hut is a standard 6-bunk hut with a first-come first-serve policy. Show more
#9 - Kaituna Track
Kahurangi National Park
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Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 5 h 58 m