About the Heaphy Track

New Zealand's most diverse coastal track!

The vegetation cover changes markedly from one side of the park to the other and from the coast to the tops of mountains. In the east, beech forest is dominant while to the west you will see podocarp forest with a rich under story of ferns, vines and shrubs. On the coast stands of nikau palms give the forest an almost tropical look. Some 80% of New Zealand's alpine species can be found in the high reaches of the park.

Due to the varied landscape numerous different habitats have been created which support many different creatures. Several threatened species survive here from the diminutive rock wren to one of New Zealand's largest birds - the Great Spotted Kiwi. 

The park is home to our largest cave spider and the smallest of our giant weta - a flightless insect a bit like a grasshopper. Twenty species of carnivorous land snail (Powelliphanta) live in the park; they can sometimes be seen near limestone outcrops though they tend to only come out from hiding on damp nights to feed on native worms that can grow up to a metre long.