IntroductionBase yourself at Cookson Cottage and explore the Kauaeranga Valley.
Topographic map warning
Topo50 maps show tracks that have been permanently closed to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease.
- Kitchen - fully equipped
- Shower - hot
- Toilet - flush
- Walking and tramping
Cookson Cottage is set in the bush.
Sleeps maximum of 8 people:
- Room A: 2 sets of bunks, 4 people
- Room B: 1 set bunks, 2 people
- Living room: 1 set of bunks, 2 people
The cottage has a heat pump.
Large lawn – shared with the adjacent cottage.
Kauaeranga Valley Visitor Centre is nearby with:
- basic supplies
- free wi-fi at visitor centre
- heat pump
What to bring
- You need to bring your own linen.
Check in and out time
Check in after 3.00 pm, check out before 11.00 am.
Fees from 1 July 2021
- $84 per night for two people.
- $21 per extra person per night. Minimum stay 2 nights.
- $50 cleaning fee.
Backcountry Hut Passes and Backcountry Hut Tickets cannot be used at this hut.
Bookings are open for stays up to 30 June 2023.
Bookings for 1 July 2023 – 30 June 2024 will open in 2023. The opening date will be announced on this page in late March 2023.
All bookings operate on a first-come first-served basis. We do not operate waiting lists for bookings for future seasons, or currently booked-out facilities.
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.
From State Highway 25 at the southern entrance to Thames, turn right into Banks Street beside the BP service station. Banks Street veers right into Parawai Road, which then becomes Kauaeranga Valley Road. The road changes from sealed to gravel after 10 km. A further 2–3 km will get you to the Visitor Centre, where you can pick up the keys and instructions.
- The nearest shops are in Thames.
- Vodafone and Spark have cell coverage.
There is a water hole 5 minutes walk from the cottage.
Walking and tramping
Walks in the Kauraeranga Valley range from 20 minutes to a full day.
Kauaeranga Valley is close to the Tairua/Pauanui beaches on the east coast (1 hour) and Cathedral Cove/Whangamata (1 hour 30 minutes). Thames and the Thames Coast are 20 minutes away.