The hut can be busy between Christmas and New Year, public holidays and weekends over summer.
In winter, the tracks into the hut can be muddy or covered in snow – check with the Egmont National Park Visitor Centre for the latest track conditions.
Holly Hut is a great place to base yourself for a couple of days to explore the surrounding area. The Ahukawakawa Swamp lies at the hut's doorstep, and nearby the mighty Bells Falls roar over an ancient lava flow. If you're lucky you may hear the call of kiwi in the bush around the hut at night.
Pay at the time of booking.
Backcountry Hut Passes can be used at this hut. 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.
Youth (11-17 years): $2.50
Child/infant (0-10 years): free
Camping here is on a “first come, first served” basis. Hut tickets can be purchased at DOC visitor centres and local i-SITEs.
Outside Holly Hut there is space for approximately 10 small tents.
Camping elsewhere is discouraged.
Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2023.
From 1 November 2021, bookings are required all year.
A $10 service fee applies to phone and in-person booking. This is a limited service – book online first. An in-person booking is dependent on there being space available.
Your hut booking is for any bunk bed, not for a specific bunk bed – select your bunk bed on arrival.
Holly Hut is around 3 - 4 hours tramp from North Egmont Visitor Centre.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BJ29
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1690231, N5653249