Brown campsite

Image: Crystal Brindle | DOC


This is a walk-in campsite on the Heaphy Track. It's a good place to stay if you're wanting an early start on the track the next day. It's also close to the Aorere River which offers trout fishing and gold panning.

Campsite overview


  • Foot
  • Mountain bike


  • Category
Great Walk


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Toilets - flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
10 non-powered/tent sites


  • Fishing

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

This is one of nine Great Walk campsites on the Heaphy Track, situated on the edge of Brown River.

Facilities and services

  • Number of campers - 20
  • Number of tent sites - 10

All campsites on the Heaphy Track have water from a tap and toilets that are supplied with toilet paper. Brown campsite also has sinks.

Campers are not permitted to use hut facilities.

Hut rangers move between nearby huts in the summer. As well as checking campsite bookings, they are able to provide campers with information about the track and weather.

Getting there

Brown campsite is a 5 minute walk from the start of the Heaphy Track at the Golden Bay end. It's a 4 hr walk to Aorere Shelter and another 1 hr walk to Perry Saddle hut and campsite.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1553412, N5477717 
Latitude: -40.85027175, Longitude: 172.44730062


New Zealand citizens, those ordinarily resident in New Zealand*:

  • Adult (18+ years): $14 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

International visitors:

  • Adult (18+ years): $14 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): $7 per person, per night

* New Zealand rates:

  • "Ordinarily resident in New Zealand" means those:
    • who hold a residence class, student or work visa; and
    • who have lived in New Zealand for six of the previous 12 months; and
    • for whom New Zealand is their primary place of established residence.
  • Proof of eligibility will be required for the New Zealand rate - see acceptable eligibility proof.


Book online or contact Whakatū/Nelson Visitor Centre for more information.


Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
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