Facilities and services
Cooking: 3 x 2 burner units
- 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.
NZTopo50 map sheet: AV30
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1721030, N6106972
- 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 and Backcountry Hut Passes can't be used to pay for use of this hut.
All trampers must pay a track maintenance fee for crossing private land between Rawhiti and Deep Water Cove:
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.
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.
- Water in the hut is too salty to drink. Bring fresh water for cooking and drinking with you.
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.