Cape Brett Hut
Image: Sharlene Laskey ©

Introduction

Situated in stunning, coastal surrounds, the Lighthouse Keeper's house at Cape Brett has been converted into a hut. This is a serviced 23-bunk hut in the Bay of Islands area. The hut must be booked online in advance.

Hut overview

Category

Serviced

Bookings

Bookings required

Facilities

  • Cooking
  • Mattresses
23 bunk beds

Seasonal restrictions

Water supply isn’t guaranteed during the dry summer period – take drinking water with you.

About this hut

Facilities and services

Cooking: 3 x 2 burner units

Getting there

  • Walk to the hut via the Cape Brett Track.
  • Boat into Deep Water Cove and walk 2.5 hours to the hut (part of the Cape Brett Track).
  • You can also come ashore at Cape Brett landing below the hut, and walk up to it.

Cape Brett is 30 km north east of Russell. You can get to Cape Brett and Whangamumu via Rawhiti Road.

From Russell, take the Russell-Whakapara Road for 13.8 km and turning off at Kempthorne Road. Follow the road through Parekura Bay, continuing on to Manawaora Road. At the top of the road, turn left onto Rawhiti Road.

From Whangarei travel north turning off SH1 at Whakapara. Follow the Russell Road until you get to Rawhiti Road.

To access Cape Brett Reserve by sea, land at either Deep Water Cove or at Cape Brett. A water taxi is available from Russell and Paihia.

Location

NZTopo50 map sheet: AV30

Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1721030, N6106972

Fees

  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Youth (11 - 17 years): $7.50 per night
  • Child/Infant: (0 - 10 years): free

Backcountry Hut Tickets and Passes can't be used at this hut - pay when you make a booking.

Track fees

All trampers must pay a track maintenance fee for crossing private land between Rawhiti and Deep Water Cove:

  • Adult: $40
  • Child: $20

Track and hut fees can be paid at the Bay of Islands i-SITE Visitor Centre in Paihia.

There is no charge for the section of track between Deep Water Cove and Cape Brett, or Whangamumu to Te Toroa Bay.

Bookings

Book Cape Brett Hut online or contact the Pewhairangi / Bay of Islands Office.

Read the terms and conditions before you book.

Know before you go

  • The hut is locked. You will receive instructions on getting the access code in your booking confirmation letter.
  • Car storage is available at Kaimarama Bay or Kaingahoa Bay, Rawhiti for a small fee.
  • Water taxis are available from local tourist information centres in Russell and Paihia.
  • You must pack out all your rubbish including food scraps, to prevent rat infestations.
  • No camping.
  • No dogs. Cape Brett Hut is located in Manawahuna Scenic Reserve. To protect native wildlife, dogs are not allowed. 

Kauri dieback logo.

Help stop kauri dieback

Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

  • Stay on the track and off kauri roots.
  • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forests.

Contacts

Pewhairangi / Bay of Islands Office
Phone:   +64 9 407 0300
Address:   34 Landing Road
Kerikeri 0230
Email:   bayofislandsbooking@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
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