Waitawheta Hut
Image: Sharlene Laskey © 

Introduction

This is a serviced 26-bunk hut in the Tauranga area. The hut must be booked online in advance. No booking is required for camping.

Hut overview

Category

Serviced

Bookings

Bookings required

Facilities

  • Heating
  • Mattresses
26 bunk beds

About this hut

Inside Waitawheta Hut
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).

Getting there

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.

Location

NZTopo50 map sheet: BC35
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1847987, N5843046

Fees

Hut fees

  • 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. 

Campsite fees

  • 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.

Bookings

Hut bookings

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.

Campsite bookings

Bookings are not required to camp outside the hut.

Contacts

Tauranga Office
Phone:   +64 7 578 7677
Address:   253 Chadwick Road West
Greerton West
Tauranga 3112
Email:   taurangainfo@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
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