Image: Sharlene Laskey | ©
Inside Waitawheta Hut
Image: Sharlene Laskey ©
There are two bunkrooms, a separate dining/lounge area, and a generous deck outside. The grassy area around the hut provides plenty of space for camping.
Don't clear undergrowth or scrub to create tent sites or bivouacs - it's harmful to our native plants. It's also a criminal offence so alert DOC as soon as possible if you witness this behaviour occurring.
A hut warden is present most weekends during the summer season.
Cooking facilities are not provided at the hut, so you must bring your own stove and utensils, adding to the backcountry experience at Waitawheta.
No rubbish collection is available so all waste must be carried out with you.
Pets are not allowed at the hut, including dogs. Dogs are not allowed in the Kaimai Mamaku Conservation Park (exception for permitted hunters with hunting dogs).
The hut is reached via Waitawheta Tramway, which starts about 11 km from Waihi.
In Waihi, turn off SH 2 onto Kenny Street. Turn right into Victoria Street and follow this as it becomes Frankton Road, then Waitawheta Road. After about 9 km, turn off Waitawheta Road into Franklin Road. Follow this to the parking area at the end.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BC35
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1847987, N5843046
Pay when you make a booking – Backcountry Hut Tickets and Backcountry Hut Passes can't be used to pay for use of this hut.
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, which includes unlimited use of campsites at Serviced huts for a 6 or 12 month period.
Bunk space at Waitawheta Hut must be booked online in advance.
Book Waitawheta Hut online or contact the Tauranga Office.
Proof of purchase will be required. Visitors who have not booked in advance will need to bring a tent and camp in the grassy areas at the hut site.
Bookings are not required to camp outside the hut.