IntroductionThis is a serviced 12 bunk hut in the Bay of Plenty region. The hut must be booked online in advance.
Te Whare Okioki was built in 2019 by the Kaimai Ridgeway Trust hunting and tramping volunteers who continue to maintain it for the benefit of all. Play your part and keep the hut and surounding area clean, tidy and free of rubbish.
Te Whare Okioki can be translated as “The Resting Place”. We appreciate the ongoing support of Ngāti Hinerangi throughout the establishment and future of the hut.
The hut is on the site of the previous Ngamuwahine clearing and shelter on the North South Track one hour south of the Te Tuhi / Ngamarama / North South track junction.
There is space to camp outside of the hut. If you do camp, Kaimai Ridgeway Trust would be grateful if you made a donation towards their continuous volunteer efforts:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bank account: BNZ 02 0192 0212664 000
- GiveALittle: Kaimai Firewood
- Adult (18+ years): $25 per night
- Youth (5–17 years): $12.50 per night
- Child/Infant (0–4 years): free
Backcountry Hut Passes and Backcountry Hut Tickets cannot be used at this hut.
Bookings are required all year.
A $10 service fee applies to phone and in-person booking. This is a limited service – book online first. An in-person booking is dependent on there being space available.
Your hut booking is for any bunk bed, not for a specific bunk bed – select your bunk bed on arrival.
The hut can be accessed by multiple tracks and road ends. Refer to a map to identify the best route for your trip.
The following southern Kaimai road ends are suggested and require a moderate level of fitness and an overnight pack.
- Te Tuhi Road via Te Tuhi Track (west) to North South track – 3 hours.
- Whakamarama Road via Ngamarama track and North South track – 4 hours.
- Goodwin Road, past Wairere Falls to the North South track – 5 hours.
- Whakamarama Road via Leyland O’Brien and North South track – 5 hours.
- Ngamuwahine Road via Leyland O’Brien and North South track – 5 hours.
- Old Kaimai Road via North Henderson Tramline and North South Track – 5 hours.
- Old Kaimai Road via West Henderson Tramline and North South Track – 6 hours.
- SH29 Kaimai Summit via North South Track – 6 hours.
In wet weather tracks can become muddy. In heavy rain, some streams may become impassable and extreme caution is required.
Tracks to this hut
Henderson Tramline Loop TrackLocated in Kaimai Mamaku Conservation ParkThis walk follows a branch of the tramline through the bush to the North South track, and returns along a separate tramline branch back to the road.Duration 3 hrs 30 minDifficulty Advanced
Leyland O'Brien Tramline TrackLocated in Kaimai Mamaku Conservation ParkExplore the old Leyland O’Brien tramline besides the headwaters of the Ngamuwahine River.Duration 2 hr one wayDifficulty Advanced
Ngamarama/Te Tuhi TrackLocated in Kaimai Mamaku Conservation ParkA challenging east-west crossing of the Kaimai Ranges featuring stream crossings and historic tramways.Duration 6 hrDifficulty Advanced
Ngamuwahine TrackLocated in Kaimai Mamaku Conservation ParkThis track leads from the end of Ngamuwahine Road and takes you to a junction with the Leyland O'Brien Tramline Track.Duration 1 hr 30 min one wayDifficulty Advanced
North-South TrackLocated in Kaimai Mamaku Conservation ParkThis is a multi-day tramp using rugged, unmarked routes suitable for expert backcountry trampers only. Trampers will need to camp in addition to staying in huts.2 alertsDuration 5 - 7 daysDifficulty Expert
Wairere Falls TrackLocated in Kaimai Mamaku Conservation ParkWairere Falls Track weaves its way through moss covered rocks and tree roots. Large round boulders form natural pools and cascading waterfalls.Duration 3–4 hr return via same trackDifficulty Easy
Topo50 map sheet: BD36
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1856779 N5814906
You need to be self sufficient with food, cooking equipment, a warm sleeping bag, warm clothing and wet weather gear.
A good level of fitness is required.
To deter vermin, surplus food should not be left in the hut or the areas surrounding the hut.
253 Chadwick Road West
PO Box 9003
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