IntroductionThis is a serviced 4-bunk hut in the Wellington region. The hut is accessed by crossing the Ōrongorongo River, is locked and must be booked in advance to gain access.
This is a popular site so book well in advance.
Easy walk from road end
- Toilets - non-flush
- Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
This hut is sole occupancy and locked – refer to your booking confirmation for how to obtain the access code.
Boar Inn lies on the east side of the Ōrongorongo River. Check river levels before crossing.
- wood burner heating. Firewood is provided
- tank water
- pit toilet
You need to bring:
- candles or torches for lighting
- matches or lighter
- cooker, pots, pans, crockery and cooking utensils
The fees are for up to 4 people.
- Off-peak (9 February – 25 December): $45 per night
- Peak (26 December – 08 February): $55 per night
Check back here regularly for updates. A minimum of two weeks’ notice will be given.
Bookings are essential – the hut is locked and requires an access code to open.
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.
The Ōrongorongo River is not safe to cross in all conditions. If the river is flooded, rising or there is rain forecast, do not attempt to cross. Contact DOC to arrange a refund instead, by contacting the Nelson Visitor Centre
- +64 3 546 9339
- or email email@example.com.
You will be eligible for a refund if you had to cancel your stay due to river safety.
Note: The Ōrongorongo track does not lead all the way to this hut. The river needs to be followed via the instructions below.
Boar Inn is a 2 hour 30 minute walk via the Ōrongorongo Track.
Turere Bridge (end of Ōrongorongo Track) to Boar Inn via Ōrongorongo River
Time: 15 min
Distance: 700 m
From the picnic area and toilet near the bridge, cross to the true left of the river and walk downstream passing Raukawa Hut on the way.
Access to Boar Inn from the river is marked by a large orange triangle at the first bend downstream from Raukawa Hut. Another orange triangle about 100 m further downstream marks an alternative access from the river.
Tracks to this hut
Ōrongorongo TrackLocated in Catchpool Valley & Ōrongorongo Valley and Remutaka Forest ParkThis popular, easy walk passes through different forest types and has swimming holes at the end of the track - it's ideal for families.2 alertsDuration 2 hr one wayDifficulty Easy
NZTopo50 map sheet: BQ32
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1764676, N5420986
Check the flow of the Ōrongorongo River before you go, as flash floods are common. Avoid crossing the river when it's in flood or if there has been sustained rainfall in the area
Look out for the warning signs of an unsafe river: water flowing faster than walking pace, discoloured water, debris in the river, and the sound of rocks rolling in the river bed.
If you aren’t sure it’s safe, don’t risk it – wait for the river to drop (this often happens quickly once rain stops), or change your plans and return another day.
Learn how to cross a river safely on the Mountain Safety Council river skills webpage.
If you want to light a fire (eg for cooking) while in the Remutaka Forest Park, visit www.checkitsalright.co.nz. This will tell you the current fire status and if you need a fire permit. At times of high fire danger, there may be a total ban on fires. Please respect any fire restrictions, they keep native wildlife and visitors safe.