Gouland Downs campsite

Image: Crystal Brindle | DOC


This is a walk-in campsite on the Heaphy Track. It's nestled against beech forest on a limestone outcrop. Explore the numerous caves, nooks and crannies in the area.

Campsite overview


  • Foot
  • Mountain bike


  • Forest


  • Category
Great Walk


  • Bookings

Bookings required


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

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

This is one of nine Great Walk campsites on the Heaphy Track.

Facilities and services

  • Number of campers - 10
  • Number of tent sites - 5

All campsites on the Heaphy Track have water from a tap and toilets that are supplied with toilet paper; Gouland Downs campsite has a long drop toilet.

The campsite also has wooden platforms for tent sites.

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

This campsite is beside Gouland Downs Hut. It's a 2 hr walk from Perry Saddle hut and campsite, and a 1 hr 30 min to Saxon hut and campsite.


Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1545509, N5473166
Latitude: -40.89077926, Longitude: 172.35314937


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


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
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
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