|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.