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.
Pay for the hut at the time of booking (bookings are still required for the campsite even though it's free - it reserves your spot).
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.
Bookings will open at 9:30 am on Friday 14 May 2021, for stays from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.
From 2 November 2020, bookings are required for the hut and campsite all year. Bookings are required for the campsite even though it's free - it reserves your spot.
A $10 service fee applies to all phone, email and in-person bookings.
Your hut booking is for any bunk bed, not for a specific bunk bed – select your bunk bed on arrival.
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