Sunday to Friday:
Backcountry Hut Passes can be used at this hut. To pay with your Backcountry Hut Pass, create/update your account on our booking system. Under 'Apply for a discount', select 'Backcountry Hut Pass Holder' and upload a scan of your pass. Once we've verified your pass, it will automatically be applied when you make a booking.
Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2023.
Bookings are required all year. Book Powell Hut online
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.
Powell Hut can be accessed via Holdsworth Road end and is on the popular Mt Holdsworth - Jumbo Circuit.
2 km south of Masterton, turn off SH2 into Norfolk Road, which turns into Mt Holdsworth Road. Follow signs to Tararua Forest Park, about 15 km from SH2.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BP34
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1804184, N5471183
These huts in Tararua Forest Park can be reached within a 6 hour walk from a road end, making them suitable for overnight or weekend trips.
October - April: Volunteers are needed during peak times at several different huts in the Tararua Forest Park.