IntroductionSituated in stunning, coastal surrounds, the Lighthouse Keeper's house at Cape Brett has been converted into a hut. This is a serviced 23-bunk hut in the Bay of Islands area. The hut must be booked online in advance.
- Toilets - non-flush
- Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
Facilities and services
Cooking: 3 x 2 burner units
Drinking water is provided at the hut.
No dogs. Cape Brett Hut is located in Manawahuna Scenic Reserve. To protect native wildlife, dogs are not allowed.
- Adult (18+ years): $25 per night
- Youth (5–17 years): $12.50 per night
- Child/Infant (0–4 years): free
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.
A significant portion of the track, between Rawhiti and Deep Water Cove, crosses private land. All trampers must pay a fee that is used to maintain this section of the track. Fees are:
- Adult: $40
- Child: $20
Pay your fees online (select a Walkway Permit).
Fees can also be paid in person at the i-Site Visitor Centre in Paihia.
There is no charge for the section of track that is on public land between Deep Water Cove and Cape Brett.
- Walk to the hut via the Cape Brett Track.
- Boat into Deep Water Cove and walk 2.5 hours to the hut (part of the Cape Brett Track).
- You can also come ashore at Cape Brett landing below the hut, and walk up to it.
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.
Access by land
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.
Access by boat
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.
You may need to go through Te Pēwhairangi (Bay of Islands) Marine Mammal Sanctuary. Before you go check the restrictions for this marine mammal sanctuary.
Tracks to this hut
Cape Brett TrackLocated in Cape Brett and Whangamumu areaThe Cape Brett Track traverses rugged terrain for 16 km through native and regenerating bush. Expect dramatic coastal views; steep cliffs and drop-offs to the side of the track are a feature.Duration 8 hrDifficulty Advanced
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.