Backpacking New Zealand's Heaphy Track - Alumni

Credit: Kaylin Colby

Backpacking New Zealand's Heaphy Track - Alumni

Join NOLS on one of New Zealand’s great, classic walks, the Heaphy Track. This 50-mile hut-to-hut route wanders between beaches and limestone cliffs along the northwest corner of New Zealand’s South Island.

The trip will start in Nelson, New Zealand with an orientation evening and then move to the NOLS Campus nearby the next morning. A half-day drive will take the group to the drop-off and to the first hut of the trip.

Small huts and potentially overflow tents will provide shelter in between hiking days as you explore the fabled coastline. Thick beech forests and alpine tussocks make up the primary terrestrial zones the trail passes through. 

Your packs won’t be quite the size of a full expedition pack, but participants should expect to carry a full load as food and other daily living supplies will be the responsibility of the team. 

The trip will end at the NOLS Campus with a celebration dinner and festivities. We hope that you can spend some additional time exploring the island after the trip!

*Rustic hut living means lighter backpacks but the trail is challenging.



2020 Dates

Feb. 10 – Feb. 15, 2020

Tuition: $2,295
Details: Pre- trip lodging in Nelson included
4 spaces remain Apply now


All course information at a glance




6 days

Minimum Age

18 yrs.


Course Description


NOLS New Zealand

Fly in/out

Nelson, New Zealand

Skills learned


Backpacking in New Zealand Media


If you have questions about enrollment or including families/guests on a particular alumni trip, then contact:

NOLS Alumni Department

Other Alumni Courses