IntroductionThis 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 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.
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.
- 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
The fees are for up to 9 people.
- Off-peak (9 February – 25 December): $105 per night
- Peak (26 December – 08 February): $125 per night
Backcountry Hut Passes and Backcountry Hut Tickets cannot be used at this hut.
Check back here regularly for updates. A minimum of two weeks’ notice will be given.
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 phone and in-person booking. This is a limited service – book online first. An in-person booking is dependent on there being space available.
Your hut booking is for any bunk bed, not for a specific bunk bed – select your bunk bed on arrival.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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: E1765776, N5421386
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.