Story: Walking tracks

Boots on Heaphy Track

Boots on Heaphy Track

The Heaphy Track was used by 19th-century gold miners walking from Golden Bay to the West Coast. By the early 20th century it was overgrown. From the 1970s there was a boom in recreational walking, and many of these older cross-country routes became popular – as this collection of abandoned boots suggests. Eventually the Heaphy became recognised as one of the country’s ‘Great Walks’.

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Jock Phillips, 'Walking tracks - Tracks since the Second World War', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Apr 2016