Introduction

If you haven't experienced an overnight stay in a DOC hut or lodge before, these in Wellington/Kapiti are great options to start with - they're easy to get to by boat or a 2-3 hour walk.

If you haven't experienced an overnight stay in a DOC hut or lodge before, these in Wellington/Kapiti are great options to start with - they're easy to get to by boat or a 2-3 hour walk.

From huts where you need to bring all you own cooking equipment to lodges with fully equipped kitchens, DOC's accommodation caters to a range of comfort and experience.

Forest and Bird House. Image: Peter Blaxter.
Forest and Bird House

Forest and Bird House

Encounter native wildlife on pest-free Matiu/Somes Island; explore historic sites on the network of short walking tracks that cover the island.

Location: Matiu/Somes Island
Access: 20 min ferry from central Wellington or Eastbourne; 10 min ferry ride from Petone (weekend and public holidays)
Occupancy: Exclusive use
Facilities: Fully equipped kitchen, hot shower

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Raukawa Hut. Image: Allan Sheppard.
Raukawa Hut

Raukawa Hut

Follow the Orongorongo River on an easy track through different bush types to Raukawa Hut

Location: Rimutaka Forest Park
Travelling distance: 35 km from Wellington
Access: 2 hr walk on the Orongorongo Track
Occupancy: Exclusive use
Facilities: Gas cooking, cooking utensiles, wood heating, hot shower, flush toilet

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Boar Inn hut. Image: Peter Blaxter.
Boar Inn hut

Boar Inn

Reach Boar Inn after an easy walk alongside the Orongorongo River through different bush types.

Location: Rimutaka Forest Park
Travelling distance: Approx. 35 km from Wellington
Access: 2 hr 15 min walk on the Orongorongo Track
Occupancy: Exclusive use
Facilities: Basic

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Turere Lodge.
Turere Lodge

Turere Lodge

Walk alongside the Orongorongo River on an easy track through different bush types to Turere Lodge.

Location: Rimutaka Forest Park
Travelling distance: Approx. 35 km from Wellington
Access: 2 hr walk on the Orongorongo Track and the Big Bend Track
Occupancy: Exclusive use of bunk rooms
Facilities: Gas cooking, cooking utensils, wood heating

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Jans Hut. Image: Allan Sheppard.
Jans Hut

Jans Hut

Take an easy walk to Jans Hut, alongside the Orongorongo River through different bush types.

Location: Rimutaka Forest Park
Travelling distance: Approx. 35 km from Wellington
Access: 2 hr 15 min walk on the Orongorongo Track
Occupancy: Exclusive use
Facilities: Gas cooking, cooking utensils, wood heating, hot shower, flush toilet

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Haurangi Hut. Image: P Blaxter.
Haurangi Hut

Haurangi Hut

Follow the Orongorongo River through different bush types to Haurangi Hut.

Location: Rimutaka Forest Park
Travelling distance: Approx. 35 km from Wellington
Access: 3 hr walk on the Orongorongo Track and the Big Bend Track
Occupancy: Exclusive use
Facilities: Gas cooking, cooking utensils, wood heating

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Papatahi Hut.
Papatahi Hut

Papatahi Hut

An easy track follows the Orongorongo River, passing through different bush types, to reach Papatahi Hut.

Location: Rimutaka Forest Park
Travelling distance: Approx. 35 km from Wellington
Access: 3 hr 15 min walk on the Orongorongo Track and Big Bend Track
Occupancy: Exclusive use
Facilities: Gas cooking, cooking utensils, wood heating

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