Gouland Downs Hut

Image: Stefan Marks | Creative Commons


This is a 8-bunk hut located on the Heaphy Track in the Golden Bay area.

Hut overview


  • Category
Great Walk


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Heating
  • Mattresses
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
8 bunk beds

About this hut

This is one of seven Great Walk huts on the Heaphy Track.

A historic and traditional hut with an open fire, it's full of character. It's nestled against beech forest on a limestone outcrop. Explore the numerous caves, nooks and crannies in the area.


All huts on the Heaphy Track have heating, long drop toilets supplied with toilet paper, and cold running water.

There are no gas cooking facilities at Gouland Downs Hut, unlike some huts on the track. Bring your own cooker and cooking utensils. There is also no lighting at this hut. There are no showers in any of huts.

All huts have communal sleeping arrangements, and in Gouland Downs Hut there are separate bunks. Mattresses are provided but you'll need to bring your own sleeping bag.

There are no showers in any of the huts. Gouland Downs Hut also has no lighting.

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


Gouland Downs Hut is on the Heaphy Track.

NZTopo50 map sheet: BP23
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1545438, N5473083


  • Adult (18+ years): $34 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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