Kahurangi National Park, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

Gouland Downs Hut to Saxon Hut

5km (1 hour walk)

The Saxon Hut is named after John Saxon, who surveyed the track in 1886. Saxon Hut is a well-built, older style hut with an open plan single room, wood fire, long-drop toilet, fresh water and gas-cooking facilities scenically located on the western edge of the Gouland Downs among red spinifex tussocks.

The Department of Conservation has been conducting the Bank of New Zealand-sponsored Great Spotted Kiwi monitoring programme here since the 1980s and the Kiwi population here has been stable for many years. It’s a great place to listen for the call of the Kiwi at night and you might be lucky enough to see one as well.

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