A gold miners trail deep in the bush

Ancient beech forest, gorges and mountain vistas over Kahurangi National Park – this is the track you’ll talk about for years.

Join me on the Wangapeka Track across four secluded valleys and saddles above 1,000m. Being the unknown neighbour of the Heaphy Great Walk, we’ll likely have the views and huts all to ourselves!

It’s a rough land, but the seclusion and beauty of Kahurangi is unprecedented. Mix that with our West Coast rainforest and you’ll have a bush adventure right out of the books.

Dug out in the 1890’s by gold hunters, you can still see the remains of mining activity along the track. It’s impressive how hard these unemployed miners worked to gain access into remote valleys like these, especially considering how little fortune was found.

It’s the mix of rich history and contrasting scenery – from rocky gorges to gentle river flats – that makes this area so special. If you’re up for a challenge and a trip you won’t forget, this is your Adventure. There are few better ways to experience the NZ bush than a multi-day trip like this.

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$1655 NZD

* Save up to $965 NZD by bringing 10 friends

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Addons

Emma is offering addons for this adventure to enhance your experience.

Backcountry Breakfast – Fruit Salad (V) (+$8)

Simply add water for delicious wheat flakes and fruit salad, smothered in whole milk. (Only order what you need for your group size)

Backcountry Breakfast – Muesli (V) (+$8)

Crunchy, wholesome muesli with creamy yoghurt and apples. Contains milk. (Only order what you need for your group size)

Backcountry Breakfast – Fry Up (+$8)

A hearty combo of smokey beef, tomato, egg and a hash brown potato mix. Gluten-Free, contains milk, egg and soy. (Only order what you need for your group size)

Backcountry Lunch (V) (+$7)

A light lunch option: A heart-warming mushroom flavoured soup with creamy mashed potato. Gluten-Free, contains milk. (Only order what you need for your group size)

Backcountry Lunch (+$7)

A light lunch option: Tasty chicken soup with rice noodles and vegetable broth. Gluten-Free, contains chicken and milk. (Only order what you need for your group size)

Backcountry Dinner – Spaghetti Bolognaise (+$13)

Tender beef mince with tomato in a savoury sauce, served on a bed of noodles. Provided by Backcountry Cuisine, NZ made. Please contact us about allergies and diet requirements. (Only order what you need for your group size)

Backcountry Dinner – Roast Chicken (+$13)

Tender chicken dices, vegetables and stuffing smothered in gravy and served with mashed potato. Provided by Backcountry Cuisine, NZ made. Please contact us about allergies and diet requirements. (Only order what you need for your group size)

Backcountry Dinner – Beef Stroganoff (GF) (+$13)

The Russian classic of beef pieces, and mushrooms in a sour cream sauce, served with rice. Gluten-Free. Provided by Backcountry Cuisine, NZ made. Please contact us about allergies and diet requirements. (Only order what you need for your group size)

Backcountry Dinner – Creamy Carbonara (V) (+$13)

A vegetarian Italian style dish, served in a creamy alfredo and mushroom sauce. Provided by Backcountry Cuisine, NZ made. Please contact us about allergies and diet requirements. (Only order what you need for your group size)

Backcountry Dinner – Vegetarian Stir Fry (V) (GF) (+$13)

An appetising vegetable medley infused with honey soy flavours served on a bed of rice noodles. Gluten-Free. Provided by Backcountry Cuisine, NZ made. Please contact us about allergies and diet requirements. (Only order what you need for your group size)

Backcountry Dinner – Pasta Vegetariano (Vegan) (+$13)

Pasta, beans, tomatoes and olives in a tasty Italian sauce. Provided by Backcountry Cuisine, NZ made. Please contact us about allergies and diet requirements. (Only order what you need for your group size)

Camp Out

We can opt to camp out next to the huts or deep in the bush if you prefer a more personal experience. If accessible, we can still use the hut facilities. This is a good option to consider if huts are booked. Tent can be hired or bring your own.

$

Side Trips

This Adventure provides the options of a few side trips to really explore and embrace the area. These are always good for those wanting to be as active as possible or to find hidden gems many miss.

$

Donate a trap

This may not be for you, but many are surprised that only one $45 trap can save up to 1,000 native birds in its lifetime. If you want to be part of New Zealand conservations efforts on a personal level then donate this trap. Your name and special Visitor number will be written on it so that we can record your traps contribution to saving our native wildlife. If time allows, you’ll even get to sign and set the trap you donate.

$45

Airport pickup

Keen and heading out on your Adventure the moment you land into New Zealand? It’ll save you a lot on accommodation and we can arrange luggage storage. Your Bushman will message you for flight details and times.

$45

Energy Snacks

If you need that extra boost during the day trip, it’s worth ensuring you have some high-protein snacks. We’ll have this sorted for you with NZ’s best energy bars & snacks.

$15

Food or Allergy Requirements

If you have any food or allergy requirements your Bushman needs to know about, please add the details here. You can send more information on this via your dashboard once booked.

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Wangapeka Track New Zealand

Adventure the Wangapeka

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No. of Adventurers Price Per Person Total Cost
1 $1655 NZD $1655 NZD
2 $1100 NZD $2200 NZD
3 $960 NZD $2880 NZD
4 $885 NZD $3540 NZD
5 $820 NZD $4100 NZD
6 $780 NZD $4680 NZD
7 $745 NZD $5215 NZD
8 $720 NZD $5760 NZD
9 $705 NZD $6345 NZD
10 $690 NZD $6900 NZD

Prices are excluding GST and will be calculated at checkout.

Duration

5 days
4 nights

Distance

59km
Altitude An icon depicting the altitude of this adventure. 1087m

Difficulty

Charities

West Coast
Who's taking me on this adventure?

Drew

As a born and bred West Coaster, the bush is in my blood! I love showing off my beautiful Kāinga Tupu (homeland) and all it has to offer. I'm always exploring new places with my best mate Skadi, the white shepherd. My love for exploring the great outdoors is what drove me to leave my hectic day job and create a life that allowed me to get outside more. I'm a big fan of essential living, enjoying the simple things and staying away from material goods; you can get the benefits from all that out in the bush. If you hike with me, we'll visit some spots literally off the beaten track. The beaches on my Instagram are a prime example. I look forward to showing you the Coast!

Experience

  • Knows the Coast and the "Coasters" like the back of his hand.
  • Good knowledge of survival manuals and outdoor techniques.
  • Has a “pretty mean beard”.
  • Has lived abroad for 17 years.
  • Basic First Aid Certificate.
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Gear

All tours require the proper gear to ensure you’re having the time of your life, and are well prepared if things go south. It’s the real and rugged New Zealand out there!

Required

  • 1.5L Water Container

    1.5L water container

  • Cutlery, Bowl and Cup

    Cutlery, bowl & cup

  • Hiking Boots

    Hiking Boots

  • Hiking Pack

    Hiking Pack

  • Hiking Pants

    Hiking Pants

  • Hiking Socks

    Hiking Socks

  • Knife

    Knife

  • Lighter and Matches

    Lighter / Matches

  • Pack Cover

    Pack Cover / Liner

  • Rain Jacket

    Rain Jacket

  • Sleeping bag

    Sleeping Bag

  • Sunscreen and hat

    Sunscreen & hat

  • Toiletries and Underwear

    Toiletries & Underwear

  • Top and Bottom Layer

    Top & Bottom Base layer

  • Torch and Batteries

    Torch & Batteries

  • Warm Hat and Gloves

    Warm hat & gloves (March to October)

  • Warm Hiking Layer

    Warm hiking layer

  • Whistle

    Whistle

Optional

  • Bivvy Bag

    Bivvy Bag

  • Gas Cooker

    Cooker & gas/fuel

  • Hand Sanitiser

    Hand Sanitiser

  • Inspect Repellent

    Insect Repellent

  • First Aid

    Personal First Aid Kit

  • Tent

    Tent

Extras

There are add-on extras for this tour. These are the little things that’ll either make your Adventure easier to organise or more rugged - your choice. You can add these during the booking process.

  • Camp Out

    We can opt to camp out next to the huts or deep in the bush if you prefer a more personal experience. If accessible, we can still use the hut facilities. This is a good option to consider if huts are booked. Tent can be hired or bring your own.

    Free
  • Side Trips

    This Adventure provides the options of a few side trips to really explore and embrace the area. These are always good for those wanting to be as active as possible or to find hidden gems many miss.

    Free

Q & A

Your Bushman has added a couple of answers to questions other Visitors have asked in the past to help you with your booking plans. Once you book a tour, you'll be in direct contact with your Bushman for more support.

  • Can we take your Bush dog Skadi?

    The Wangapeka is closed for dogs, unfortunately. There is so much endangered wildlife around here, although I trust Skadi, it's best to set an example and support the conservation efforts. But we’ll have the chance to spot the rare Whio or even our wild NZ parakeets!

  • Does it get cold?

    The nights can get frosty and most of the track leads through sheltered forest, so I definitely recommend to take some warm gear. All of the huts have fireplaces though and it’s really magical around here in the winter months.

  • I'm relatively new to backcountry hikes over a day, is this achievable?

    The Wangapeka is a great route for you to move to the next level, allowing recreational hikers the chance to try out new routes. I find most of my Visitors get used to the walking and hills by the second day, then get into a smooth, easy motion. There is no rush here!

FAQs

Here’s a few answers to the more general questions about the whole journey. You can visit our help and support area for any further information or contact us via the chat function.

  • What is the refund and cancellation policy?

    Bushman Tours sets a standard cancellation policy that can be found via our Terms & Conditions. This is globally set at 48 hours notice. However, Bushmen may add to this depending on the requirements for the Adventure (e.g. - hiring gear and renting equipment on your behalf). The final policy will be located at the bottom of the checkout, or you can reach out to us to check.

  • What happens if the tour is cancelled due to weather?

    In most cases, the Bushman can arrange another day to run your tour, but this also comes down to when you're available if travelling through New Zealand. We recommend ensuring you have insurance for cancellation of any tours. If the Bushman has to cancel due to a health risk, we will call you to arrange another option.

  • What gear do I need?

    Although we have a minimum requirement of gear, you will need the right equipment and gear that is relevant to the Adventure you're booking. This is usually found at the bottom of each tour page, but for our minimum, please visit our FAQs & blog page.

  • Can I hire gear/equipment?

    In some circumstances, your Bushman will have equipment for you to hire. This is available to browse and book through the checkout. We may also have options through our checkout. Although you may be able to borrow gear during the tour, it's important to reserve it now.

  • What food shall I bring?

    Depending on the length, this can vary. Your Bushman will advise on the tour page what is recommended for this particular Adventure, but typically, what we offer at checkout via the add-ons section is what you'll need. Keep it lightweight and nutritious if you buy your own.

  • Where do I meet my Bushman?

    We always try to pick the closest iSite (Visitor Centre) to your Adventure's location. Instructions on precisely where to meet are sent after the booking is made. However, you can also message your Bushman and arrange another location as long as it's close enough to the region.

  • How much extra is it to add family/friends onto the booking?

    If you book and find that more people want to come with you, we can arrange to add them onto the booking (this is dependant on the Bushman's preference to the number of people to take out). The more that book on the original checkout option, the cheaper the fee for each individual - so spread the word before you go to book! Please note, you cannot add or bring extra people 48 hours before the tour starts.

  • Can I talk to my Bushman before the Adventure?

    Absolutely! Once you book, you will be able to login and chat directly to your Bushman through a private, secure chat. Here you can arrange some extras you would like to do, timings for pick up and much more.

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