Pahautea Hut with campers shelter
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.
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.
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
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.