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Wangapeka Track (20 mins)

Phone: 03 546 9339  Website: http://www.doc.govt.nz/publications/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/nelson-tasman/wangapeka-track/

The Wangapeka Track traverses Kahurangi National Park from the Waimea Basin in the east to the West Coast near Karamea in the west. It crosses two saddles of over 1000 metres and travels through beautiful beech-forested valleys of the Wangapeka, Karamea, Taipo and Little Wanganui rivers. Reasonable fitness is required and boots are recommended.From Tapawera, 62 km from Nelson, follow the sign posts west to the Wangapeka Valley. After crossing the Dart River ford or footbridge, continue 7 km up the valley to Prices Clearing. Here there is an information kiosk with public telephone (free dialing to Nelson) and intentions book. The track starts a further 1 km on at the Rolling River carpark.

From the West Coast road, turn off at Little Wanganui, 80 km north of Westport, 18 km south of Karamea, and drive inland for 5 km on Wangapeka Road to the carpark where the track starts.

A bus service is available from Nelson to Tapawera. From Nelson, Motueka and Tapawera, on demand transport services are available to the start of the track.

Similar services are available from the Karamea end, and an air service which can return visitors to their starting point.