Saxon Hut

Image: Baptiste Maryns | ©


This is a 16-bunk hut located on the Heaphy Track in the Golden Bay area.

Hut overview


  • Category
Great Walk


  • Bookings

Bookings required


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

About this hut

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

It's on the edge of Gouland Downs and is many people's favourite. Listen for great spotted kiwi at night.

The hut is named after John Saxon who surveyed the track in 1886.


All huts on the Heaphy Track have heating, long drop toilets supplied with toilet paper, and cold running water. Saxon Hut also has gas cooking facilities but you'll need to bring your own cooking utensils.

All huts have communal sleeping arrangements; Saxon Hut has platform bunks. Mattresses are provided but you'll need to bring your own sleeping bag.

There are no showers in any of the huts. Saxon 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.

Rainbow at Saxon Hut. Photo: Markus Baumann.
Rainbow at Saxon Hut


Saxon Hut is on the Heaphy Track.

NZTopo50 map sheet: BP23
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1541740, N5473683


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