Cape Brett Hut.

Image: Sharlene Laskey | ©


Situated 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.


Hut overview


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


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

Seasonal restrictions

Water supply isn’t guaranteed during the dry summer period (mid-December to end of March). Take drinking and cooking water with you.

About this hut

Facilities and services

Cooking: 3 x 2 burner units

Getting there

  • 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.

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


  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Youth (11 - 17 years): $7.50 per night
  • Child/Infant: (0 - 10 years): free

Backcountry Hut Tickets and Backcountry Hut Passes can't be used to pay for use of this hut.

Track fees

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.

  • Adult: $40
  • Child: $20

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 2020 to 30 June 2021.

A $10 service fee applies to all phone, email and in-person bookings.

Know before you go

  • The hut is locked. You will receive instructions on getting the access code in your booking confirmation letter.
  • Car storage is available at Kaimarama Bay or Kaingahoa Bay, Rawhiti for a small fee.
  • Water taxis are available from local tourist information centres in Russell and Paihia.
  • You must pack out all your rubbish including food scraps, to prevent rat infestations.
  • No camping.
  • No dogs. Cape Brett Hut is located in Manawahuna Scenic Reserve. To protect native wildlife, dogs are not allowed. 

Kauri dieback logo.

Help stop kauri dieback
  • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
  • Clean your footwear and gear before and after visiting kauri forest.

How you can help save kauri


Pewhairangi / Bay of Islands Office
Phone:   +64 9 407 0300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   34 Landing Road
Kerikeri 0230
Postal Address:   PO Box 128
Kerikeri 0245
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