Wangapeka Track - Kahurangi National Park
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 m and travels through beautiful beech-forested valleys of the Wangapeka, Karamea, Taipo and Little Wanganui rivers. Reasonable fitness is required and boots are recommended.
The Wangapeka can be walked in conjunction with the leslie–Karamea track to link with the Mt arthur tablelands (although a greater level of experience and fitness is
required for the leslie–Karamea track), or combined with the heaphy track to create a nelson–West Coast round trip. The Wangapeka is classified as a tramping track, being well marked, but not always formed. all major and most
minor rivers have bridges or a high water alternative track. 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 dialling 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