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Bush and Beyond

New Zealand's Kahurangi National Park, Guided Walk Specialists

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Kahurangi National Park

A vast glaciated landscape lies between the Sylvester Plateau above the Cobb Valley.
A vast glaciated landscape lies between the Sylvester Plateau above the Cobb Valley.

A Unique Landscape

Kahurangi National Park, at 452,000 ha, is the second largest national park in New Zealand.

Located in the northwestern corner of the South Island many of the features seen in Kahurangi National Park are unique to New Zealand.

Those who make the effort to explore the hinterland are provided with a wonderful treasure trove of surprises.

Its natural features, ecological value and tramping possibilities are unparalleled.

Kahurangi National Park offers seclusion and rugged grandeur in imposing mountain ranges, rolling tussock lands, unspoiled forest valleys and coastline.

The weathered karst limestone base of Mt Owen was chosen to represent the Gates of Moria in Lord of the Rings.
The weathered karst limestone base of Mt Owen was chosen to represent the Gates of Moria in Lord of the Rings.

Geology

The geology of the Kahurangi National Park, although complex, is reasonably well understood. The oldest rocks date from 350-550 million years ago and in the Cobb valley contain the oldest fossils found anywhere in New Zealand.

Old sedimentary rocks such as the karst/limestone of Mt Arthur and Mt Owen are riddled with caves.

Kahurangi National Park occupies the north west corner of New Zealand's South Island.
Kahurangi National Park occupies the north west corner of New Zealand's South Island.

A variety of minerals including asbestos, gold and magnesium are known from the region. Many of the geological features link the area with the ancient southern super continent of Gondwana which broke up 80 million years ago.

The landscape is diverse extending from the sea coast to 1,875 metres. While many elements of older landscapes still exist, the processes that carve and shape the land have been busy.

Active fault systems dissect the region, rivers have carved spectacular gorges and in the limestone regions flow through water worn caves. At higher altitudes frost weathering has shattered rocks sending shingle screes down to the river valleys. Some of Kahurangi National Parks picturesque features like the Matiri Plateau, Mt Owen, Oparara Arch and the rugged Heaphy coastline feature regularly in scenic books and calendars.

Kahurangi is New Zealand's most geologically complex area. Over millions of years, water has slowly dissolved much of the limestone that Mount Owen and Mount Arthur are mainly composed of. Producing a vast underground drainage network, and resulting in the largest cave system in New Zealand. Sink holes, pot holes, deep fissures, fluted marble outcrops and magnificent rock formations, form an almost moonscape environment. These mountains, thus, contain the finest examples of karst (limestone) in the Southern Hemisphere.

Upcoming Guided Walks

Heaphy Track Guided Walks 15th-20th September
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 22nd-27th September
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 29th September - 4th October
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 13th-18th October
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 20th-25th October
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 27th October - 1st November
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 3rd-8th November
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 4th-9th November
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 10th-15th November
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 17th-22nd November
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 18th-23rd November
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 24th-29th November
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 1st-6th December
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 2nd-7th December
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 8th-13th December
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 15th-20th December
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 16th-21st December
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 28th December - 2nd January
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 29th December - 3rd January
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 5th-10th January
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 6th-11th January
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 14th-19th January
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 19th-24th January
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 20th-25th January
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 2nd-7th February
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 3rd-8th February
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 9th-14th February
Kahurangi Lighthouse 10th-14th February
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 16th-21st February
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 17th-22nd February
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 23rd-28th February
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 1st-6th March
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 2nd-7th March
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 8th-13th March
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 16th-21st March
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 22nd-27th March
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 30th March - 4th April
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