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The Nydia Track

The Nydia track is a wonderful two day walk on a track maintained by the Department of Conservation. It crosses the Kaiuma and Nydia saddles with superb views and follows the sheltered shoreline of historic Nydia Bay. Formed by linking old bridle paths, the 27km track meanders through a variety of regenerating native bush and beautiful untouched forest.

Classified as a tramping track, Nydia is most suited to people with reasonable fitness. Boots are recommended on the well–defined track and because some of the streams are not bridged, care is required when crossing them after rain. The track is also open to mountain bikes.

Native trees along the way include beech forest (hard, red and silver beech) and pukatea in the wetter gullies and on undisturbed lower slopes. Podocarps, rimu, matai and miro form the canopy and mahoe, kawakawa, nikau and tree ferns occur in the under storey layer. All of those, along with many mosses, small ferns and climbing plants, make this track the “jewel” of New Zealand’s bush walks.


Water Taxi from Havelock to the start of the walk at Shag point. Then shuttle transport from the track's end at Duncan Bay, returning you to Havelock.


The Nydia Lodge

The Nydia Lodge is a 50–bed Department of Conservation (DOC) facility available to groups of four or more. The lodge has gas cookers and gas–heated showers, so familiarity with using gas is essential.
$60 per night for a group of four, which is the minimum.

Te Mahoerangi Eco Lodge

This small backpackers is situated on the bay and is fast becoming known for its relaxed, peaceful feeling. Once you're there it's really hard to leave!
Three kayaks are available for hire and there is a fresh water swimming hole five minutes away from the lodge.
Double room: $50 per person
Twin room (3 beds): $45 per person
Bunk room (6 beds): $35 per person
All bedding and a towel are provided.
Meals: $40 onto room price for dinner, bed & breakfast. Packed lunches also available. 


A DoC campsite in the north–western corner of Nydia Bay is situated on the waterfront.
$6 per person.



For bookings and more information:
Phone: 03 574 2114
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