This hut is sole occupancy and locked – refer to your booking confirmation for how to obtain the access code.
Jans Hut lies in bush on the east side of the Orongorongo River - wet feet are part of the adventure. Check river levels before crossing.
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Jans Hut is a 2 hour 30 minute walk via the Orongorongo Track.
Time: 15 min
From Turere Bridge at the end of the Orongorongo Track, cross the Orongorongo 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 Orongorongo 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 up hill – continue following the orange triangles to Jans Hut.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BQ32
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1765776, N5421386
$80 sole occupancy
Bookings are essential – the hut is locked and requires an access code to open.
Book Jans Hut online or contact Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre.
If this hut isn't available at the time of booking, consider Coast Road Cabin at the entrance to the Catchpool Valley.
Check the flow of the Orongorongo River before you go. Don't cross the river when it's in flood or there has been sustained rainfall in the area.