Water supply isn’t guaranteed during the dry summer period (mid-December to end of March). Take drinking and cooking water with you.
Cooking: 3 x 2 burner units
Water at the hut can:
Bring your own fresh water for drinking and cooking. DOC will provide emergency drinking water during summer.
No dogs. Cape Brett Hut is located in Manawahuna Scenic Reserve. To protect native wildlife, dogs are not allowed.
Hut tickets cannot be used at this hut.
Backcountry Hut Passes can be used at this hut. Passes can be used unlimited for a 6 or 12 month period for most Serviced and Standard huts.
To pay with your Backcountry Hut Pass, create/update your account on our booking system. Under 'Apply for a discount', select 'Backcountry Hut Pass Holder' and upload a scan of your pass. Once we've verified your pass, it will automatically be applied when you make a booking.
All trampers must pay a track maintenance fee, and a fee to use the Cape Brett Hut.
Track fees maintain the track section crossing private land between Rawhiti and Deep Water Cove.
There is no charge for the section of track between Deep Water Cove and Cape Brett, or Whangamumu to Te Toroa Bay.
Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.
A $10 service fee applies to all phone, email and in-person bookings.
Car storage is available for a small fee at private land adjacent to Whangamumu Walk track entrance and Kaingahoa Marae, Rawhiti.
Water taxis are available, information available at local tourist information centres in Russell and Paihia.
Cape Brett is 30 km north east of Russell. You can get to Cape Brett and Whangamumu via Rawhiti Road.
From Russell, take the Russell-Whakapara Road for 13.8 km and turning off at Kempthorne Road. Follow the road through Parekura Bay, continuing on to Manawaora Road. At the top of the road, turn left onto Rawhiti Road.
From Whangarei travel north turning off SH1 at Whakapara. Follow the Russell Road until you get to Rawhiti Road.
To access Cape Brett Reserve by sea, land at either Deep Water Cove or at Cape Brett. A water taxi is available from Russell and Paihia.
NZTopo50 map sheet: AV30
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1721030, N6106972
The hut is locked. You will receive instructions on getting the access code in your booking confirmation letter.
You must pack out all your rubbish including food scraps, to prevent rat infestations.
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.