October - April: Volunteer as a hut warden at Te Puia Hut in Kaweka Forest Park.


Volunteer hut wardens are welcome at any time, but the main season is from October through April.


Te Puia Hut is the only Serviced DOC hut in the Kaweka Forest Park. The Mohaka River is just a few minute's walk from the front porch, and provides opportunities for swimming and fishing. The Mangatainoka Hot Springs are nearby. The track to the hut is gradual and relatively short, making the hut a popular choice with young families and new trampers. 


The primary role of a hut warden is to help visitors enjoy their stay. You will be expected to:

  • provide information to visitors on request.
  • check hut passes and tickets and record compliance.
  • clean the hut and undertaken minor maintenance, as needed.

What to expect

Accommodation: There is a separate room for hut warden accommodation, with its own cooking and sleeping areas as well as its own (secure) entrance.

Time required: You must be able to stay for a minimum of 7 consecutive nights.

Fitness level required: You'll be fit and healthy, and capable of tramping 3–5 hours with a pack.

Experience required: Ideally you'll be familar with the Kaweka Forest Park and have backcountry experience.

How to apply

Complete the online application form. If your application matches our needs, we'll contact you with more information. Be aware that background checks and references may be required.

COVID-19 vaccinations required

Volunteers applying for this role must have a My Vaccine Pass.

What happens next

  1. We’ll shortlist applicants and email you the children’s worker safety check for you to complete.
  2. We’ll contact you about an interview time – the interview will be with a DOC staff member and it’s also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the role.
  3. We’ll talk to your referees.
  4. We’ll request NZ police vetting – this takes around 20 days.
  5. DOC staff will assess all the material provided and decide on suitability.
  6. Once approved we will work with you to find dates that suit you and complete your induction.

Children's worker safety check

The reason for the children’s worker safety check is because this volunteer position interacts with children at the campsite. Everyone working with children needs to complete the children’s worker safety check. It helps keep everyone safe and makes sure we’re meeting our requirements under the Children’s Act 2014.


Ahuriri / Napier Office
Phone:   +64 6 834 3111
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   59 Marine Parade
Napier 4110
Postal Address:   PO Box 644
Napier 4140
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