Mt Taranaki behind Maketawa Hut

Image: Bev Bacon | DOC


Maketawa Hut is a good overnight tramp for families with children and those new to tramping.

Hut overview

Easy walk from road end

1-3 hours


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


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

Seasonal restrictions

The hut can be busy between Christmas and New Year, public holidays and weekends over summer.

In winter tracks into the hut can be muddy or covered in snow – check with the Egmont National Park Visitor Centre for the latest track conditions.

About this hut

Maketawa Hut is set in native bush at around 1000 m. It offers views out over north east Taranaki to the mountains of the central plateau, and a glimpse of Mt Taranaki behind the hut.

It’s worth getting up early to see the sunrise over the Taranaki region from the deck.


  • Bunks – platform (shared) bunks with mattresses
  • Cold running water from a rain collection tank
  • Fireplace with wood supplied
  • Containment tank toilet a short walk from the hut
Huts have basic facilities. You'll need to take:
  • Sleeping bag
  • Cooking stove, pots/pans and utensils
  • Toilet paper
  • Rubbish bag
  • Newspaper/firelighters and matches/lighter for the wood burner/fire
  • Torch

Getting there

Times from nearest road ends
  • Egmont Road end (North Egmont) via Maketawa Track: 1 hr 40 min (3.1 km)
  • Egmont Road end (North Egmont) via Translator Road: 1 hr 15 min (3.4 km)
  • East Egmont via Curtis Falls Track: 3 hr 35 min (5.9 km)


NZTopo50 map sheet: BJ29
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1694631, N5651452


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

Before you go, buy 1 Serviced Hut Ticket (green for adults, orange for youth) or 3 Standard Hut Tickets (blue for adults, yellow for youth) for each night's stay. Put these in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass for unlimited use at most Serviced and Standard huts for a 6 or 12 month period.

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Egmont National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 6 756 0990
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   2879 Egmont Rd
Egmont National Park
Postal Address:   PO Box 462
New Plymouth 4340
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