Heaphy Track hiking trip in New Zealand

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Unlike most of the other Great Walks in New Zealand, the Heaphy can be walked 12 months of the year, with every season having something special to offer
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Responsible tourism: Heaphy Track hiking trip in New Zealand

Our guides will be endeavouring to educate clients regarding the conservation importance of this area. For almost a century a controversial proposal to put a road through this area has surfaced from time to time. At this point in time, the issue has again surfaced and certain groups are lobbying for a road. It is our opinion that an area of such ecological diversity should be left intact for future generations and not destroyed in the name of so called progressive tourism. It is our goal to alert the international traveler to this prospect as we feel such a road would, in fact, destroy the uniqueness of the area. Contrary to a what a lot of New Zealanders feel, it would make a mockery of our so called 'Clean Green' image.

Reviews of Heaphy Track hiking trip in New Zealand

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The most memorable part of the track was coming down from the tussock highlands along the Heaphy River, emerging out of the forest and seeing the beaches of The Tasman Sea. Our guides, Bill and Maryanne (as well as their support staff) were among the most congenial, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic I have encountered. They were well organized, prepared wholesome meals, and ensured there were places for all of us in the DOC huts. All of there staff had a great deal of information about the history, ecology, flora, and fauna of the rain forest which they shared whenever asked. They carried magnifying glasses fitted with lights so you could examine the very small mosses, and ferns with close up intensity.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Pay attention to the information about what to bring before coming on the trip. Get what you need before the trip and have it with you. Good rain gear, broken in hiking boots, and lots of film (or extra batteries for digital) would be an excellent idea. Once you arrive in Motueka you may not have the time to sort out anything forgotten.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


All of the staff, Bill, Maryanne, Nick and Andy were clearly committed to best conversation practices. I think that any time you choose a trip focused on minimal consumption of energy resources it benefits not only the local people, but the world. New Zealand is very progressive in contrast to the rest of the world in wisely using resources and protecting the environment. The tour operator business model is clearly in the forefront of the best conservation practices and enhancement of the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I thought it was great, especially for fifty or even sixty something adults. I would think almost anyone from twelve to 65 in reasonable condition would enjoy this kind of an experience. Considering the hut accommodations, wholesome meals, snacks and tea breaks, superlative guides, final night at a historic pub and dinner, as well as shuttle back to Nelson the price was equitable. I like the tour operator philosophy, practices, preparation, and staff so I plan to come again and take their Mt. Owens trip. Given that I live in the US and have considerable airfare costs wanting to come back again should indicate my level of satisfaction with their services.

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The variety of scenery and flora encountered over the duration of the 5 days of the walk.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Cater for all weather conditions. I only acquired wet weather gear for this trip and was so thankful that I did.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Having people go on this walk is assisting the conservation initiatives the tour operator and DOC are doing to eradicate introduced species.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A great experience particularly with the tour operator passing on so much information about the geography, flora, fauna and history. Would have missed so much if I had done it independently.

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It was a truly wonderful experience with many highlights, but seeing the rare Blue Duck close up in it's natural environment was very special. I also loved being in the company of people from around the World who were passionate about the environment.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


I would advise people doing this trip to pack lightly as advised by the operator because it is hard work carrying a heavy load up and down the hills.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The guides, Bill and Andy displayed excellent knowledge of both flora and fauna, history, geography and environmental issues. They encouraged us to participate in protecting the environment both locally and globally. They employ people locally and support local businesses. They are able to recommend other attractions that we could visit.

4. Any other comments?


I would give this trip a 4 star rating and will be traveling with this operator in the future. Many thanks to you all for helping me find this vacation.

Reviewed on 03 Apr 2005 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


I am particularly interested in botany and ecosystems. I was delighted to find that the guides were highly skilled in the interpretation of NZ plant communities, ecological interactions, and the relationships between flora and fauna (both native and exotic).

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure that you organise your own breakfast on the first day. With a 6:30 am pickup, I assumed that some sort of breakfast would be provided. It was not.... If I had known this, I would have made appropriate arrangements.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Impacts on the environment were appropriately managed. The tour company contributes to the improvement of biodiversity in Kahurangi National Park. Taking part in the walk would assist them to carry out these activities.

4. Any other comments?


I will (and have already) recommend it to friends and colleagues. Please note that for a ***** rating I have to compare the experience to projects that I have undertaken, activities which have included radio tracking mountain lions (and patting one while under the influence of an anaesthetic) and counting elephant seals on the beach in the Falkland Islands).

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