View of Heaphy Hut and Heaphy campsite

Image: Amy Rutledge | DOC


This is a walk-in campsite on the Heaphy Track.

Campsite overview


  • Foot
  • Mountain bike


  • Coastal
  • Forest
  • Rivers and lakes


  • Category
Great Walk


  • Bookings

Bookings required


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

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

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

It overlooks the Heaphy River mouth, which is an exciting place. The river surges out through a narrow gap into the sea - incoming waves halt the flow and the churning of salt and fresh waters is spectacular.

Limestone cliffs and lush tropical forest with nikau palms surround the area.

Facilities and services

  • Number of campers - 40
  • Number of tent sites - 20

All campsites on the Heaphy Track have a water from a tap and toilets that are supplied with toilet paper; Heaphy Hut has a flush toilet. It 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

This campsite is beside Heaphy Hut. It's a 2-hour 30-minute walk from Lewis hut and a 5-hour walk to the track end at Kohaihai.


Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1525152-N5462315
Latitude:-40.98690857, Longitude: 172.1102092


  • 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
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
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