This hut sits right next to Pāhautea Hut Campsite.
Facilities and services
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.
Name of the hut
The hut takes its name from nearby pāhautea trees (mountain cedar – Libocedrus bidwilli) growing at the northern edge of their natural range. These trees are aged between 600 and 700 years old.
Sunday to Friday
- Adult (18+ years): $10 per night
- Child/youth (5-17 years): $5 per night
- Infant (0-4 years): free
- Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
- Child/youth (5–17 years): $7.50 per night
- Infant: (0-4 years): free
- Adult (18+ years): free
- Child/youth (5–17 years): free
- Infant (0–4 years): free
For both the hut and campsite, you must book. Even though the campsites are free of charge, a booking is required to secure your place.
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.
For booking enquiries contact Kauaeranga Visitor Centre.
Tracks to this hut
Bell TrackLocated in Pirongia Forest ParkCombine this track with Tahuanui Track for an overnight circuit to Pāhautea Hut and Mount Pirongia.Duration 6 - 10 hrDifficulty Advanced
Pirongia summit via Hihikiwi TrackLocated in Pirongia Forest ParkTake the shortest track to Pāhautea Hut and Pirongia summit.Duration 4 - 6 hr one wayDifficulty Advanced
Pirongia summit via Mahaukura and Tirohanga TracksLocated in Pirongia Forest ParkChoose a there-and-back track to the summit of Mount Pirongia, or combine the tracks for a circuit trip to Pāhautea Hut. There are climbing chains on difficult parts of the track.Duration 1 - 2 daysDifficulty Advanced
Topo50 map sheet: BE33
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1783680, N5792835
It rains a lot on Pirongia – be prepared for cold, wet weather. Remember to:
- check the weather forecast and change your plans if needed
- plan which tracks you will take to and from the hut and carry a map
- pack warm and waterproof clothing
- pack enough food for an extra night
- take a fully charged mobile phone and a distress beacon.
No campfires allowed.