This is a serviced nine-bunk hut in the Wellington region. The hut is accessed via crossing the Ōrongorongo River, is locked and must be booked in advance to gain access.


This is a popular hut so book well in advance.

Hut overview

Easy walk from road end

1-3 hours


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Cooking
  • Heating
  • Mattresses
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
9 bunk beds

About this hut

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.

Facilities provided

  • Gas cooking, crockery and cooking utensils
  • Cold tap water
  • Wood heating with wet back for a hot shower
  • Flush toilet

What you need to bring

  • Candles or torches for lighting
  • Matches or lighter
  • Toilet paper

Getting there

Jans Hut is a 2 hour 30 minute walk via the Ōrongorongo Track.

Turere Bridge (end of Ōrongorongo Track) to Jans Hut

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


$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.

The hut is locked and requires an access code to open. You get this access code after you book.

Book Jans Hut online.

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.

Know before you go

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.


Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
The Terrace
Wellington 6143
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