Waitawheta Hut
Image: Sharlene Laskey ©


This is a serviced 26-bunk hut in the Tauranga area. The hut must be booked online in advance. No booking is required for camping.


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Hut overview




Bookings required


  • Heating
  • Mattresses
26 bunk beds

About this hut

Inside Waitawheta Hut
Inside Waitawheta Hut
Image: Sharlene Laskey ©

Facilities and services

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 Forest Park (exception for permitted hunters with hunting dogs).

Getting there

The hut is reached via a 3-4 hour walk along the Waitawheta Tramway Track. Vehicle access and parking for this track are at the end of Franklin Road.


NZTopo50 map sheet: BC35
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1847987, N5843046


  • 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.

Fees to camp at the hut
  • Adult (18+ years): $5 per night
  • Youth (11 - 17 years): $2.50 per night
  • Child/Infant (0 - 10 years): free

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.

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Hut bookings

Bunk space at Waitawheta Hut must be booked online in advance.

Book Waitawheta Hut online or contact the Tauranga Office.

Read the terms and conditions before you book.

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.

Campsite bookings

Bookings are not required to camp outside the hut.


Tauranga Office
Phone:   +64 7 578 7677
Email:   taurangainfo@doc.govt.nz
Address:   253 Chadwick Road West
Greerton West
Tauranga 3112
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