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The Heaphy Track, closed since Easter due to storm damage, reopened on Monday.
The recent storm caused extensive tree windfall forcing the closure of the track and delaying the start of its winter mountain biking season.
A big effort has gone in over the past two weeks to clear fallen trees on the Heaphy Track with extra staff being brought in to speed up the clean-up.
With the reopening of the track the mountain bike season is now underway and runs until the 30 September.
Hut bookings can be made and more information found on what to expect and what to take when biking the Heaphy Track on the DOC website.
A three year trial of winter mountain biking on the Heaphy Track has recently finished. The subsequent Kahurangi National Park mountain biking trial 2011-2013 report supports mountain biking continuing.
The Heaphy Track passes through diverse landscapes, from beautiful beech forest to expansive tussock grasslands, to lush forests, nikau palms and roaring seas.
It’s a tough ride, and not to be underestimated. It requires advanced mountain biking skills, being ranked Grade 4 rising to Grade 5/expert in wet or otherwise difficult riding conditions.
It takes 2 – 3 days to ride (4 – 6 days to walk) depending on fitness, skills and conditions.
This photo was taken by Jono B.