The Heaphy is arguably New Zealand's premier multi-day mountain bike ride... 74 kilometres of benched singletrack winding through the backcountry from Golden Bay to Karamea and the nikau palm clad beaches of the West Coast. In 1996 North West Nelson Forest Park became Kahurangi National Park and mountain biking was no longer allowed on the Heaphy and a handful of other great tracks in the area. In May 2011 the NZ Conservation Authority approved the Kahurangi National Park Management Plan with a 3 year mountain bike trial on the Heaphy, Flora Saddle to Barron Flat and the Kill Devil tracks.
Mountain biking is now permitted from 1 May to 30 November.
The New Zealand Conservation Authority has approved an amendment to the Kahurangi National Park Management Plan allowing the longer seven-month mountain biking season that will run for the first time this year.
Find out more in the DOC Media release here.
As part of the Kahurangi National Park Management Plan review in 2014/15 an extended season (1 March to 30 November, excluding Easter) will also be considered.
Year-round mountain biking has also been approved on two other Kahurangi National Park tracks the Flora Saddle to Barron Flat and Kill Devil tracks.
Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced permanent approval of mountain biking on the Heaphy Track from 1 May to 30 September each year. Read all about it at DOC.
Find out all the nitty gritty of doing the ride here.