Introduction

Find out the costs for staying huts and campsites on the Heaphy Track, and how to book and pay.

Fees

Fees are charged per person, per night to stay in huts and campsites on the Heaphy Track. There are no fees to complete a day walk on the track or for entry into the Kahurangi National Park.

Pay your fees by booking huts and/or campsites before you start the track. Fees are the same year round.

Huts

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. Acceptable eligibility proof.
Campsites

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

  • Adult (18+ years): $14 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

International visitors:

  • Adult (18+ years): $14 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): $7 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. Acceptable eligibility proof.
Discounts

A 10% discount is available to members, staff and instructors of the following organisations, who also hold a valid 12 month Backcountry Hut Pass: NZ Mountain Safety Council; NZ Federated Mountain Clubs; NZ Deer Stalkers Association; NZ Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR); Scouts New Zealand; GirlGuiding NZ.

Discounts are not available online. To receive the discount we need to sight your membership card and Backcountry Hut Pass, so please visit a DOC visitor centre in person. If you get a discount you won't be charged a booking fee.

Book the Heaphy Track online

See Getting there for transport options to the closest towns. 

What to book 

Before you start walking or mountain biking the Heaphy Track, you need to book: 

  • Huts and/or campsites on the track – the track takes 4-6 days to walk or 2-3 days to ride
  • Transport to/from the start/end of the track – the walk is one-way with the track ends approx. 463 km apart

How to book 


Bookings are open for trips from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.


  1. Decide what direction you want to walk or ride the track in – from Brown Hut in Golden Bay or Kohaihai on the West Coast. Air and shuttle services, and vehicle relocations are available for both ends.
  2. Decide what huts or campsites you want to stay at. Consider:
    • Location of huts and campsites on the track – huts and campsites are not always in the same location
    • Distances between huts/campsites and walking times or mountain biking times
    • Drop off and pick up times of transport operators. 
  3. Decide the date you want to stay at each hut/campsite. Note the maximum stay at each hut/campsite is 2 nights.
  4. Check availability of huts and campsites on the dates you want to stay. If there is no space in one of the huts/campsites you want to stay at, consider:
    • Starting your walk on a different date
    • Rearranging your walk to use a different combination of huts/campsites
  5. Check the availability of transport services on your desired dates.
  6. Book huts/campsites.
    • Book online, or
    • Contact a DOC visitor centre or a local i-SITE for personal assistance
    • Note: Bookings are required for children and/or youth even though it's free for them to stay.
    • If you're booking campsites, you'll need to know the number of people in your group as well as the number of tent sites required.
  7. Book transport services to/from the start/end of the track with a transport operator.

Proof of payment

The confirmation email or booking receipt you get when you book is proof of payment.

Terms and conditions

Read the booking terms and conditions (scroll to the bottom to find the Terms and Conditions link) for general information, age ranges, prices, discounts, penalty rates and the alterations and cancellations policy. Bookings not meeting the terms and conditions will be treated as invalid and cancelled.

Booking on behalf of others

Guided groups: To operate a commercial activity in an area managed by DOC, you need to apply for a concession (an official permit), in addition to any bookings you would need to make. Read more about concessions 

To make multiple bookings for facilities/services on behalf of customers, you must obtain permission or an agent agreement from DOC. To do this, email: agents@doc.govt.nz 

 

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