James Mackay Hut Heaphy Track.

Image: Jonty Crane | Creative Commons


This is a 28-bunk hut located on the Heaphy Track in the Buller area.

Hut overview


  • Category
Great Walk


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Cooking
  • Heating
  • Lighting
  • Mattresses
  • Toilets - flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
28 bunk beds

About this hut

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

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

The James Mackay Hut is a new facility that opened in October 2014. It has gas cooking facilities, sinks with cold running water inside the hut, lighting, heating, individual bunk rooms with bunks and mattresses and flush toilets attached to the hut. You'll need to bring your own cooking utensils and sleeping bag as these are not supplied.

There are no showers in any of the huts.

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


James Mackay Hut is on the Heaphy Track.

NZTopo50 map sheet: BP22
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1534044, N5473583


New Zealand citizens, those ordinarily resident in New Zealand*:

  • Adult (18+ years): $34 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

International visitors:

  • Adult (18+ years): $34 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): $17 per person, per night

* New Zealand rates:

  • "Ordinarily resident in New Zealand" means those:
    • who hold a residence class, student or work visa; and
    • who have lived in New Zealand for six of the previous 12 months; and
    • for whom New Zealand is their primary place of established residence.
  • Proof of eligibility will be required for the New Zealand rate - see acceptable eligibility proof.


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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