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

Campsite overview


  • Foot
  • Mountain bike


  • Coastal
  • Rivers and lakes


  • Category
Great Walk


  • Bookings

Bookings required


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

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

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

It's situated on the edge of Mackay Downs in low forest and has distant views of the Tasman Sea and Heaphy River mouth, 15 km to the west and 750 m below.

Facilities and services

Until 30 June 2019

  • Number of campers - 4 
  • Number of tent sites - 4

From 1 July 2019

  • 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. James Mackay campsite has a flush toilet and also sinks. The campsite 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 James Mackay Hut. It's a 3-hour walk from Saxon Hut and campsite and a 3-hour 30-minute walk to Lewis Hut.


Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1534066, N5473620
Latitude: -40.88584804, Longitude: 172.21737126


  • 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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