Saxon campsite

Image: Crystal Brindle | DOC


This is a walk-in campsite on the Heaphy Track. Situated on the edge of Gouland Downs, you can listen for great spotted kiwi at night.

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. Saxon campsite has a long drop toilet and also sinks. It has wooden platforms for tent sites.

This campsite is beside Saxon Hut. 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

It's a 1 hr 30 min walk from Gouland Downs hut and campsite and a 3 hr walk to James MacKay hut and campsite.


Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1541742, N5473616
Latitude: -40.88646632, Longitude: 172.30847735


  • 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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