This is a serviced 18-bed hut in the Puketi Recreation Area of the Puketi-Omahuta Forest, one of the largest continuous tracts of native forest in Northland. The hut must be booked online in advance.


Hut overview


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Cooking
  • Heating
  • Lighting
  • Mattresses
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
18 bunk beds
  • Stop kauri dieback and protect kauri
    • Kauri dieback disease is spread through soil.
    • Scrub soil off shoes and gear and check it's all removed before you go.
    • Use a cleaning station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    How you can help save kauri

About this hut


  • 18 beds (two-tier platform bunks)
  • Cold tap water
  • The water is not treated – you may wish to boil it before drinking
  • Electricity
  • Gas hob with wok burner
  • Underbench fridge (small)
  • Indoor fireplace (wood is sometimes available – check the wood store)
  • Outdoor fireplaces at the campsite (due to the increased fire risks, use of the outdoor fireplaces are not allowed during summer) 
  • 1 cold shower
  • 2 non-flush toilets
  • Indoor tables
  • Mattresses

Getting there

Puketi Hut is located in the Puketi Recreation Area next to the Puketi Recreation Area Campsite

There are several places that you can access the recreation area from. The recommended entry point is from SH10 approximately 600 m north of the Waipapa Township. 

Turn left along Pungaere Road past the sign directing you to the Puketi Forest Park. Follow Pungaere Road for approximately 15 km. Take care as part of the road is gravelled. At a T-intersection, turn left, follow the road for about 2 km. The entrance of the recreation area will be on your right. 

If using alternative routes, refer to local maps as there is no DOC signage at other possible entry points to the Puketi Forest.


  • Adult (18+ years): $18 per night
  • Youth (11 - 17 years): $9 per night
  • Child/Infant: (0 - 10 years): free

Backcountry Hut Passes and Hut Tickets cannot be used at this hut. 


Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

Bookings are required all year.

Book Puketi Forest Hut online.

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

Bookings are limited to 7 consecutive nights.

The hut is ideal for large groups, however, it is available for anyone wishing to book it.

Your hut booking is for any bunk bed, not for a specific bunk bed – select your bunk bed on arrival.

Know before you go

  • There is vehicle access to the hut.
  • The hut contains 18 bed spaces in two-tier platform bunks. It is recommended that children less than 12 years old should only sleep on the bottom beds due to risk of falling causing serious injury.
  • No smoking inside the hut.
  • The hut is locked. You will receive instructions on getting the access code in your booking confirmation letter.
  • The hut must be locked when you leave.
  • Due to the increased fire risks during summer, use of the outdoor fireplaces in the campground are currently not allowed.
  • Domestic pets or animals are not permitted in or around the hut or campground.
  • You must report all damages to the local DOC office.

You need to bring:

  • Bedding and linen
  • Cutlery, plates, cups and all cooking utensils
  • Personal hygiene equipment
  • Cleaning supplies and equipment
  • All rubbish needs to be packed out on leaving

Check in/out times

Check in time: Between 12 pm and 4 pm
Check out time: Between 8 am and noon


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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