Hawdon Shelter Campsite

Image: DOC


Camp in the lower reaches of the Hawdon Valley on the grassy flats.

Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Shelter for cooking
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
20 non-powered/tent sites


  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

During winter this alpine area may be covered in snow, making access difficult.

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

Getting there

Follow SH 73 to Mount White Road, 24 km south of Arthur’s Pass village.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1497922, N5239772
Latitude: -42.98786678, Longitude: 171.74789106


  • Adult (18+ years): $8 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $4 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

Pay cash on arrival at the self-registration stand at the campsite.

The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite.


From November 2020, bookings will be required for this site. Bookings will open on 20 October 2020 at 9:30 am, for trips from 2 November 2020.

You'll need an account on our booking system for campsites, huts and lodges to make a booking.


Walking and tramping

There are walks from here along the Hawdon River.

Know before you go

No open fires permitted except in the fireplace in the DOC shelter. 

Wasp populations reach high numbers from January to March – wear light coloured clothing and carry antihistamine cream/tablets as a precaution.


Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 318 9211
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   arthurspassvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   106 Main Westcoast Road
Arthur's Pass
Postal Address:   PO Box 51008
Arthur's Pass 7654
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