Inside Waitawheta Hut
Image: Sharlene Laskey ©
Facilities and services
There are two bunkrooms, a separate dining/lounge area, and a generous deck outside. The grassy area around the hut provides plenty of space for camping.
Don't clear undergrowth or scrub to create tent sites or bivouacs - it's harmful to our native plants. It's also a criminal offence so alert DOC as soon as possible if you witness this behaviour occurring.
A hut warden is present most weekends during the summer season.
Cooking facilities are not provided at the hut, so you must bring your own stove and utensils, adding to the backcountry experience at Waitawheta.
No rubbish collection is available so all waste must be carried out with you.
Pets are not allowed at the hut, including dogs. Dogs are not allowed in the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park (exception for permitted hunters with hunting dogs).
The hut is reached via a 3-4 hour walk along the Waitawheta Tramway Track. Vehicle access and parking for this track are at the end of Franklin Road.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BC35
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1847987, N5843046
- Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
- Youth (11 - 17 years): $7.50 per night
- Child/Infant: (0 - 10 years): free
Pay when you make a booking. Backcountry Hut Tickets can't be used at this hut. If you want to use a Backcountry Hut Pass as payment, make a booking at the DOC office listed under Contacts below.
- Adult (18+ years): $5 per night
- Youth (11 - 17 years): $2.50 per night
- Child/Infant (0 - 10 years): free
Hut tickets can be used to pay for you stay at this campsite. Before you go, buy 1 Standard Hut Ticket (blue for adults, yellow for youth) for each night's stay.
Bunk space at Waitawheta Hut must be booked online in advance.
Book Waitawheta Hut online or contact the Tauranga Office.
Read the terms and conditions before you book.
Proof of purchase will be required. Visitors who have not booked in advance will need to bring a tent and camp in the grassy areas at the hut site.
Bookings are not required to camp outside the hut.