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Information on Nyhon track.

Nyhon Track

A challenging hike for those travelling from Hooper’s Inlet to Sandymount Reserve.

Track overview

  • Distance: 1.5km
  • Track Type: Walking
  • Time: 60mins from Hooper’s Inlet to Sandymount Road & 30mins from Sandymount Road to Hooper’s inlet.
  • Dogs: Dogs not allowed
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Closed for lambing from 1st August to 31st October.

About this track

A very steep track from Sandymount Road to Hooper's Inlet. The trail cuts through private farmland and a small patch of native bush with totara, kahikatea and manuka. As you crest the first hill, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view of Hoopers inlet while you descend towards it. An alternative route back for those with experience and a good level of fitness is the Smith-Larnach-Hooper’s Inlet Track up to Harbour Cone and then back down Highcliff Road.

Getting there

The Nyhon Track starts on Sandymount Road, which comes off Highcliff Road. There is no parking at the start of the trail but you can pull over further down Sandymount Road towards Ridge Road. Alternatively, you can start at the Hooper’s Inlet side and park on the road side.


Know before you go

The Nyhon Track is a steep track and can be very slippery when wet. In addition, there are Tree Nettles (Urtica Ferox) present on the trail which can produce a powerful sting if touched or brushed against.

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