About this hut
This historic building has been converted into a bunkroom associated with the Great Walk campsite. It has bunks and mattresses but no heating or cooking facilities. Campers must use the nearby shelters to prepare meals. Whakahoro Campsite facilites have been upgraded.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BJ32
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1779067, N5669114
If you are using the bunkroom in connection with the Whanganui Journey you need to book your bunk bed using the online booking system and you should check the fees and conditions page. If you are not using it as part of the Whanganui Journey then the fee is $10.
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.
For a comprehensive gear list, read New Zealand Recreational Canoeing Association’sGuide to the Whanganui River.
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.