If you want a very short walk at the West Coast end of the Heaphy Track then consider this short loop through native forest – the Nikau Palm Walk. The forest is very attractive, and as the name suggests, there are many nikau palms, New Zealand’s only native palm. You cross the Kōhaihai River at the start and views up and down this are also very nice.
Nikau Palm Walk: The Scenery
We did this walk as a short side trip off a longer half-day section of the multiday Heaphy Track. It starts just over the suspension bridge and will take roughly 20 minutes in total. The track is constructed the whole way. There’s more information on shorter walks in the area on the Heaphy Track website.