Waiau Hut

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This is a standard 6-bunk hut in the St James Conservation Area.


Hut overview


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Heating
  • Mattresses
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
6 bunk beds

Seasonal restrictions

This hut is on the Te Araroa Trail and can be busy over summer. 

  • Motorised access over Maling Pass is closed during the winter, if the track is wet or there is high fire danger.
  • There is usually snow in St James Conservation Area over winter.
  • About this hut

    Waiau Hut is in a sheltered clearing on the Waiau River.

    It was designed to accommodate extra demand from trampers on the Te Araroa Trail and was made possible by the support of a generous benefactor.

    Getting there

    The hut is on Waiau Pass Track, which connects Nelson Lakes National Park and St James Conservation Area.

    Nearest hut and access point


    NZTopo50 map sheet: BT24
    Grid/NZTM 2000 coordinates: E1572023, N5330158


    • 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 that gives unlimited use at most Standard and Serviced huts for a 6 or 12-month period.

    More about hut tickets and passes


    Rangiora Office
    Phone:   +64 3 313 0820
    Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
    Email:   esienquiries@doc.govt.nz
    Address:   32 River Road
    Rangiora 7400
    Postal Address:   PO Box 349
    Rangiora 7440
    Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
    Phone:   +64 3 318 9211
    Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
    Email:   arthurspassvc@doc.govt.nz
    Address:   106 Main Westcoast Road
    Arthur's Pass
    Postal Address:   PO Box 51008
    Arthur's Pass 7654
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