Hut tickets cannot be used in this hut.
Backcountry Hut Passes can only be used in this hut from 1 May to 30 September. Passes cannot be used from 1 October to 30 April.
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.
Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.
Bookings are required all year.
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.
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.
Check in time: Between 12 pm and 4 pm
Check out time: Between 8 am and noon
Auckland is at Level 3 and other regions at Level 2.