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.
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.
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.
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 except for permitted hunters with hunting dogs.
Backcountry Hut Passes and Hut Tickets cannot be used at this hut.
Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.
Bookings are planned to open in May 2021, for stays that require bookings from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022. The specific date that bookings will open will be added to this page, at least two weeks prior to the date.
Bookings are required all year to stay in the hut or campsite.
A $10 service fee applies to all phone, email and in-person bookings.
Your hut booking is for any bunk bed, not for a specific bunk bed – select your bunk bed on arrival.
Take your booking confirmation with you - proof of purchase is required.
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