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We spent 3 days mountainbiking the Heaphy track - it was great! We biked in from Kohaihai (Karamea) to Gouland Downs hut, getting there just on dark after 9 hours biking. Day 2 was an easy day, a day trip to the Aorere shelter (near the top of the final descent to Brown hut) and back for a second night at Gouland Downs. Then on day 3 we headed back to Kohaihai, enjoying plenty of fun downhill on the Mackay to Lewis hut section.
 The start at Kohaihai
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 The track started along the coastline
 Nikau palm groves
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 The art of taking your bike across a swing bridge
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 Powelliphanta carnivorous snail - watch out
 More bridges
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 High plateau of the Gouland Downs
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 Day 2 a trip from Gouland Downs hut to Aorere shelter
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 Tom at Perry saddle hut
 Tom getting in a bit of extra downhill
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 Back across the downs to the hut
 Hil by cave creek
 Tom exploring caves near Gouland downs hut
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 Chilly rivers at the start of day 3 heading back to Kohaihai
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 Early morning mist on the downs - we set off at 7am as we had a long way to go
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 Lots of mud
 The tough uphill was much more fun on the way down
 Hil falling off
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 Washing the mud off the bike and me in the Heaphy river
 Soon got muddy again though
 Tom trying out the bike racks at Heaphy hut
 Heaphy river mouth
 Heaphy beach
 Semi-rideable sand
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 Rocks thrown over the path by the waves
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 Great beaches on the coast track
 Relaxing on the beach
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 More nikau groves
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 Crossing the Kohaihai river
 The end - we are back at Kohaihai after 3 amazing days riding
 Bonus ride to the Oparara arches
 Limestone cave at Oparara
 Tom in the cave
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 Looking straight up at the arch
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