Pahautea Hut with campers shelter

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This is a standard 20-bunk hut with a campers' shelter on Mt Pirongia in the Waikato area.

Hut overview


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


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

About this hut

The hut takes its name from nearby Pahautea trees (mountain cedar – Libocedrus bidwilli) growing at the northern edge of their natural range. These trees are aged between 600 and 700 years old.

Facilities and services

New in 2015, the hut sleeps 20 people on platform bunks in two bunkrooms. It has mattresses and a water supply, but no heating or cooking facilities - take a portable cooker.

Nearby, there are campsites and a camping shelter.

Getting there

The hut is at the junction of Bell and Hihikiwi Tracks, close to the summit of Mt Pirongia. 


Topo50 map sheet: BE33
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1783680, N5792835


  • Adult (18+ years): $5 per night
  • Youth (11 – 17 years): $2.50 per night
  • Child/Infant (0 – 10 years): free

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

More about hut tickets and passes


From November 2020, bookings will be required for this site. Bookings will open on 2 November 2020 at 9:30 am, for trips from 2 November 2020.

You'll need an account on our booking system for campsites, huts and lodges to make a booking.

Know before you go

  • Over summer weekends more people may require accomodation than the hut can fit - take a sleeping mat or tent with you.
  • It rains a lot on Pirongia - be prepared for cold, wet weather and always take a dry change of clothes with you.
  • Fires are not permitted.


Te Rapa Office
Phone:   +64 7 850 8378
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   5 Northway St
Te Rapa
Hamilton 3200
Postal Address:   PO Box 20025
Te Rapa
Hamilton 3241
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