Heaphy Track: James Mackay Hut - Lewis Hut
ElevationAscent: 116' 35 m
Descent: -2,300' -701 m
High: 2,295' 700 m
Low: 96' 29 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“A gradual descent into richer West Coast bush with glimpses of the Heaphy River.”— Alan Eskrick
There are some rough creek crossings which may be wiser to walk, but otherwise DOC have done a great job of reinstating the water tables, graveling the surface, and draining boggy sections.
Occasional tantalising glimpses of the Heaphy River are seen through the forest. The 20 bunk Lewis Hut appears at the junction of the Heaphy River with the smaller Lewis River, along with the first nikau palms.
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