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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring?

Sturdy footwear, rain jacket, sun-hat; water-bottle, personal items (e.g. toiletries, extra clothing), bathing costume.

We provide all bedding, towels, soap, complimentary hot drinks. We can provide evening meals, breakfast and packed lunches. You are welcome to bring your own food and beverages, if you are happy to carry these in.

Where can I leave my vehicle safely in Havelock whilst I walk the Nydia Track?

There is plenty of safe car parking at the Havelock Marina. They charge $7 per day. If staying in accommodation in Havelock, you can ask your accommodation provider if you can leave your car or extra luggage with them.

How do I pay?

When booking through the calendar you will be asked to pay by credit card or by internet banking. You can pay for consumable after your stay. We accept cash, eftpos and credit cards. Please note there is a 3% charge on all credit cards.

How does the transport work For walking the track?

We provide our own road transport for pick-ups/drop-offs for walking the Nydia Track. Depart Havelock at 9:30am from the Havelock Marina. Meet outside our ‘On The Track Lodge’ sign on the Mail Boat shed (next to the Slip Inn Café). Our driver will drive you by road to Kaiuma Bay where you start the 4hr 30min walk to On the Track Lodge in the beautiful Nydia Bay. Relax in the Hot Tub and enjoy a peaceful rest at the Lodge (for one or more nights). Start walking at 10am to arrive in Duncan Bay / Tennyson Inlet (5h walk). Be collected by our driver at 3:30pm to return to Havelock by road for 5pm. Please note; as our transport is done by road (not water taxi) we cannot deliver your luggage to the Lodge and you need to carry what you bring.

Conditions: A minimum of 2 people are required for the transport. Please contact us if you are alone as we might have another booking already.

What are my options if I choose to boat to On The Track Lodge in Nydia Bay?

Mail Boat departs the Havelock Marina at 9:30am most days (bookings are essential). The Mail Boat arrives into Nydia Bay at 11am, it is a 15 minute walk on the Nydia Track from the jetty to the lodge. To depart Nydia Bay by Mail Boat you can jump on at 11am on most days and spend the day delivering Mail. Check out Mail Boat e-mail or phone 03 5741088.

Water taxis are based at the Havelock Marina and take around 1 hour to get to the Nydia Bay jetty. There are three companies and it does pay to contact all to see if other trips are running for your trip to help keep the cost down (the water taxis don’t run a scheduled trip –by booking only).

Water Taxi

Water taxi in from Havelock to stay with us and enjoy local walks in the Bay. Three companies offer this transport.

Pelorus Sound Water Taxi
Phone: 0508 428 35625

Havelock & Sounds Water Taxis
Phone: 021 221 0808

Local Knowledge Charters
Phone: 021 201 2156

I want to arrive in my own boat?

We have moorings for you to use but please contact us so that we can discuss the details of your boat and where/when we can meet you to show you the mooring.

I want to walk the Nydia Track but would like to arrange my own transport?

Yes, a lot of people arrange their own transport to walk the track. You can either park your car at one end, walk in, stay the night and walk back the same way to your car – or – arrange for two cars to park at each end of the track, meet at On the Track Lodge, stay the night, exchange keys and walk the second half.

I want to drive myself to the Nydia Track. How do I get there?


Southern End-Kaiuma Bay From Havelock, follow State Highway 6 towards Nelson for 5 mins, and then turn right onto Te-Hoiere Road (unsealed). Then cross 2 single lane bridges. After the second bridge, turn right to Kaiuma Bay and drive for another 14km (approx. 30min Drive) to reach the start of the Nydia Track.

Northern End -Duncan Bay, Tennyson Inlet From Havelock follow SH6 towards Nelson and turn right onto Ronga Road, just north of Rai Valley Township. After 1 min drive, turn right again following the sign to Tennyson Inlet. It is 27 km from here to Tennyson Inlet over the Opouri hill. The car park is at the end of the road in Duncan Bay for the track (approx. 1hr drive, 56km from Havelock to Duncan Bay).

I want to mountain bike the Nydia Track?

Yes, you can mountain bike the Nydia Track. It is classified as a grade 4 track (grade 5 being the hardest) and is a technical ride. The best way to ride the track is from North to South. You start at the top of the Opouri hill (the hill before Duncan Bay). There is a bridle track which you ride down into Duncan Bay and then start the Nydia Track. The best way for transport is to contact Bluemoon in Havelock. You leave your car safely at the Havelock marina and Bluemoon will shuttle you to top of the Opouri hill. Enjoy the ride into Nydia Bay and a night or two at ‘On The Track Lodge’. When you ride out to the Southern End of the track you can arrange a water taxi to take you back to Havelock. A great trip out!

Can I walk my dog on the Nydia Track?

Yes, you are allowed to walk your dog on the Nydia Track. You need to get a DOC permit (apply on-line) and your dog needs to be on a lead (there is one section of farm land and is very important the dog is on a lead). We allow dogs to stay at ‘On The Track Lodge’, however they have to sleep outside (no dogs allowed inside any of the buildings). Please contacts us before you make the booking if you would like to bring a dog.

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