This is a serviced nine-bunk hut in the Wellington region. The hut is accessed via crossing the Orongorongo 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 bush on the east side of the Orongorongo 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 hot shower
  • Flush toilet

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 Orongorongo Track.

Turere Bridge (end of Orongorongo Track) to Jans Hut

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.

Know before you go

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.


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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