Central Whirinaki Hut
Image: Stefan Marks | Creative Commons


Central Whirinaki is the gateway to Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne. It is the most popular hut in the Whirinaki and has been extended to accommodate more people.

Hut overview




Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Heating
  • Mattresses
25 bunk beds

About this hut

Central Whirinaki Hut is a large 25 bunk hut with a few living area platforms and a large kitchen area with a good fire. It's tucked into a clearing of beech trees alongside the Whirinaki River.

It is the only serviced hut on the Whirinaki circuit and surrounding area’s circuit known as the “Te Hoe Circuit”. You can reach it from Plateau Road (Taupo end) or River Road (near Murupara).

This is a popular overnight alternative on the Whirinaki Track. The track follows a very smooth path with views of the Whirinaki River with crystal clear waters and sightings of the whio (blue duck) as well as the sound of tui and robins. There are amazing podocarp trees that include rimu, tōtara, matai and miro.

Sited in a large grassy clearing on the Whirinaki River, Central Whirinaki Hut is the gateway to Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne. It is the most spacious hut in the Whirinaki. 

Getting there

4hr 45min from River Road Carpark
3hrs from Plateau Carpark 

The track to Central Whirinaki Hut is a good standard, making for quick and easy travel. From Vern’s Camp the track follows high above the river giving some birds-eye views. Beware of ongaonga (stinging nettle).


NZTopo50 map sheet: BG38
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1917397, N5702324



  • Adult (18+ years): $10 per night
  • Youth (11 - 17 years): $5/night
  • Child/Infant (0 - 10 years): Free


  • Adult (18+ years): $5 per night
  • Youth (11 - 17 years): $2.50 per night
  • Child/Infant (0 - 10 years): Free

Before you go, buy 2 Standard Hut Tickets for each night's stay at the hut, or 1 Standard Hut Ticket for each night's stay at the campsite. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass for unlimited use at most Serviced and Standard huts/campsites in a 6 or 12 month period.

Know before you go

This hut doesn't have a constant supply of firewood, hence the reduced fees.


Whakatane Office
Phone:   +64 7 307 2770
Email:   opotiki@doc.govt.nz
Address:   1/100 Valley Road
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