This is a popular hut so book well in advance.
This hut is sole occupancy and locked – refer to your booking confirmation for how to obtain the access code.
Jans Hut lies in the bush on the east side of the Ōrongorongo River – wet feet are part of the adventure. Check river levels before crossing.
$80 sole occupancy.
Backcountry Hut Passes and Backcountry Hut Tickets can't be used at this hut.
Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.
Bookings are planned to open in May 2021, for stays that require bookings from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022. The specific date that bookings will open will be added to this page, at least two weeks prior to the date.
The hut is locked and requires an access code to open. You get this access code after you book.
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.
Jans Hut is a 2 hour 30 minute walk via the Ōrongorongo Track.
Time: 15 min
From Turere Bridge at the end of the Ōrongorongo Track, cross the Ōrongorongo River to Browns Stream, which is visible directly opposite the Turere Bridge.
About 100 m up Browns Stream (opposite Waerenga Hut) a large orange triangle on the true right marks the beginning of the track to Jans Hut. It's an undulating track which winds its way through the bush, parallel to the Ōrongorongo River.
Five minutes along the track you reach the site of the former Oaks hut, the track continues on the right behind the old floor pad. Continue along the track, passing a private hut on your left.
After 10 minutes the track makes a sharp right turn uphill – continue following the orange triangles to Jans Hut.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BQ32
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1765776, N5421386
Check the flow of the Ōrongorongo River before you go. Do not cross the river when it's in flood or there has been sustained rainfall in the area.