Wangapeka Track Made Easy
Here is all the information you need for accommodation and transport at either end of the Wangapeka Track. Because of the topography, the recommended direction of travel is from east to west, so this is the way this page is arranged. Naturally if you want to walk the Wangapeka Track from west to east, read the page upside down.
We suggest you purchase any supplies and hut passes that you need in Nelson, get transport or drive yourself to Tapawera, and stay the night there. In the morning, purchase the bits and pieces you forgot, catch a shuttle to the start of the track, wander along the track for a few days, stay a night or two at the backpackers 5 minutes from the end of the track, i.e. here at Atawhai Farm, and then transport can be arranged to return you to your car. Okay, so here's the more detailed version.Supplies: You can purchase your supplies (food, replenish first aid kit, buy gear you've forgotten, topo maps L27 & M28) from the supermarkets and retail outlets in Nelson, or there is also a small supermarket at Tapawera Settle, where we suggest you stay for the night.
Eastern transport and accommodation: Tapawera Settle has a shuttle that can pick you up in Nelson, and take you to Tapawera, 45 minutes southwest of Nelson, though there are a number of shuttle services available. Tapawera Settle is a friendly, family run campground situated in Tapawera village, with a supermarket, garage, café, restaurant and pub (how convenient). They are the closest campground to the eastern end of the Wangapeka Track, and offer transport to the track for guests, and free vehicle and pack storage.
Wangapeka Track: transport - shank's pony. The New Zealand tramper web site is great source of information, and includes a summary of the track and a route guide. DOC also has a range of information on the area, including the Wangapeka Track, which is also well worth a browse. For those unfamiliar with the New Zealand outdoors, it can be brutal and unforgiving - the DOC web site also has safety information, with recommendations of minimum equipment to carry etc. The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council have some very informative brochures you can download - we would suggest that you have a good look at the following in particular:
Western transport and accommodation: stay with us here at Atawhai Farm, otherwise known as Wangapeka Backpackers and Farmstay. We can arrange transport for you as required. You might like to relax here for a few days, enjoy our bush bath, a stroll along the beach, or get a massage, before heading back to the rat race.