Tieke Kainga

Image: Daniel Deans | DOC


This is a 20-bunk hut located on the Whanganui Journey in the Whanganui region.

Hut overview


  • Category
Great Walk


  • Bookings

Bookings required


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

Seasonal restrictions

In the Great Walks season (1 October 2019 – 30 April 2020):

  • Bookings are required

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2019 - 30 September 2019):

  • Bookings are not required - first come, first served
  • Facilities are reduced

About this hut

During the Whanganui Journey Great Walk season, 1 October and 30 April, this hut operates as a Great Walk Hut. Out of the Great Walk season this hut reverts to a Serviced Hut (no cooking facilities and limited heating fuel).

General tikanga (protocol)

  • Visitors may be expected to participate in a powhiri if whanau are present at the marae in which case the process will be explained.
  • It is customary to leave a koha (donation) during powhiri.
  • The marae atea (grassy area in front of Marae) must be kept clear when visitors are going through the powhiri.
  • The whare nui (meeting house on the marae atea) is for local people only; access into the whare nui is by invitation only.
  • All rubbish must be carried out.
  • Absolutely NO ALCOHOL permitted at Tieke.
  • Smoking is permitted outside only, please keep the buildings smoke free.
  • Shoes are not to be worn in the buildings, they should be left neatly on the deck.
  • Clothes and washing should be hung on the designated clothes lines near the campground not on the decks or marae area. Please ask the local people if in doubt.
  • Do not sit on tables, benches or chilly bins. Do not sit on any surface that would come in contact with food.
  • Kitchen facilities are not to be used for personal hygiene tasks, i.e. brushing teeth etc. Please use the washbasins outside for those purposes.
  • Please do not put tents up in the marae atea, use the designated campsites.
  • It is courteous to ask for permission from the local people before taking photos at Tieke.

If in doubt feel free to approach your local hosts.


NZTopo50 map sheet: BJ32
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1771782, N5643882


In the Great Walks season (1 October 2019 – 30 April 2020):

  • Adult (18+ years): $32 per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2019 - 30 September 2019):

  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free


Book online by clicking the yellow button at the top of the page. 


Read the terms and conditions before you book.

Know before you go

  • Maximum 2 consecutive nights stay for Whanganui Journey river trip campers
  • No fires are permitted at this campground
  • Boil, filter or treat water if you doubt its purity
  • There is no cellphone coverage on the Whanganui River.
  • Wasps are a known hazard and are particularly common from January until May. Carry antihistamine if you are allergic to their stings
  • New Zealand's weather can be highly unpredictable - expect weather changes and be prepared for them. More information: Check the Whanganui rural area weather forecast of the MetService website.

On the Whanganui River, be aware that:

  • Heavy rain and flooding can occur at any time of year on the Whanganui River and the weather can change quickly. You will need to be prepared for rain, cold and windy conditions.
  • Don’t canoe the river when water levels are predicted to rise or it is in flood - you won't be charged for staying an extra night at a campsite or hut due to high river levels. If you capsize, you may not be able to get back in, or swim to the river’s edge.
  • Canoeing into the wind can be demanding – allow extra travelling time between stopovers in windy conditions.
  • Always pull your canoe up high on the bank and tie it to something secure. It may not be raining on the river, but rain elsewhere in the large catchment can cause the river to rise several metres overnight.

More information:

For a comprehensive gear list, read New Zealand Recreational Canoeing Association’s Guide to the Whanganui River.

Trip intentions

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.


Whanganui Office
Phone:   +64 6 349 2100
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   whanganui@doc.govt.nz
Address:   34-36 Taupo Quay
Whanganui 4500
Postal Address:   Private Bag 3016
Whanganui 4540
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