In September last year, myself and three other close friends embarked on an epic mountain biking trip along the Heaphy Track. Located in the Kahurangi National Park on the northern tip of the South Island the 80km track essentially connects Golden Bay with the West Coast. We rode the trail over two days and experienced every possible combination of weather - From gale southerlies and hail, to sunshine and mosquitos. Perhaps the most extraordinary feature of the trail, aside from the weather, is the ever changing terrain. From regenerating native bush, to untouched prehistoric forest, to tussock plains, and Nikau palm laden rainforest - The Heaphy has it all.
While I'd happily talk the ear off anyone even vaguely interested in doing the ride, it is a serious back country adventure. There's no cell coverage, and vast exposed areas. So you need to know how handle yourselves and solve any problems that might crop up. I'd recommend a minimum party of four, and make sure that group includes someone with basic medical expertise, and someone with good trail wrenching skills. You'll need to pack some good all weather kit as it can get extremely cold (alpine snow-level cold) out in Gouland Downs, especially if its raining. Finally, you're not going to have a good time if you're unfit. So make sure you've put in the hard yards before you leave.
I wouldn't hesitate to say that it's the best two ride in New Zealand!
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