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This is a standard six-bunk hut in the Manawatu region.

Hut overview




Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Heating
  • Mattresses
6 bunk beds

About this hut

Waterfall Hut. Photographer unknown.
Waterfall Hut

Historic photo of Waterfall Hut by Chris Satherly
An early photo of the historic Waterfall Hut


  • Water source - River
  • Heating source - Open fire

History of the hut

Waterfall Hut is an historic hut with many of its original features still intact. It is a good example of the wild animal control huts built during the New Zealand Forest Service era.

Initially named Kawhatau Hut, this hut was designed to house New Zealand Forestry Service hunters and their food stores while they battled to control the 'deer menace' that was believed to be a major contributor to mountain erosion.

The hut was built in 1961 on an old Internal Affairs tent camp, with the building materials all flown in by helicopter, The builder was Forestry Service Carpenter Jan (John) Van De Lagemaat who had immigrated from The Netherlands in the 1950's. Jan also built the D.S.A (McKinnon), Makawakawa (Diggers), Hinerua, Smiths Creek (Stream) and Middle Stream Huts.


NZTopo50 map sheet: BK36
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1866496, N5586628


  • Adult (18+ years): $5 per night
  • Youth (11 - 17 years): $2.50 per night
  • Child/Infant (0 - 10 years): free

Before you go, buy 1 Standard Hut Ticket (blue for adults, yellow for youth) for each night's stay. Put this in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass that gives unlimited use at most Standard and Serviced huts for a 6 or 12 month period.

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