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By Plane -- Air New Zealand Link (tel. 0800/737-000 in NZ; www.airnewzealand.co.nz) flies daily to Westport from Wellington.

By Coach (Bus) -- To get from Westport to Karamea, go with either Cunningham Passenger Services (tel. 03/789-7177), which charges NZ$30 per person one-way, NZ$14 for bikes; or Karamea Express (tel. 03/782-6757), which charges NZ$30. Both make the trip Monday through Friday and connect with other bus services to Nelson, Greymouth, Hokitika, and Christchurch. Drive Me Wild Hikers' Transport (tel. 0800/945-369 in NZ, or 03/546-8876; www.drivemewild.co.nz) offers transport on both sides of Heaphy Track. From Karamea, they travel to Nelson via Westport and Motueka on the day you finish walking.

By Car -- Karamea is just 100km (60 miles) north of Westport, but you should allow 1 1/2 to 2 hours for the trip, as at least 25km (15 miles) of it is steep and winding. It's a beautiful drive over the Karamea Bluff, descending into bush landscape and then along the coast. And look out for truck drivers who dominate the road!

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.