Places to stay

Rimutaka Forest Park

Waiorongomai Hut
Waiorongomai Hut
Hut Basic Hut/Bivvy (DOC). Capacity: 4.
Waiorongomai Hut is a basic 4-bunk hut at the forks of the Oreore Stream and Waiorongomai River. The hut has mattresses, river water and an open fireplace. The hut sits back from the river in...
Wharepapa Hut
Wharepapa Hut
Hut Basic Hut/Bivvy (DOC). Capacity: 5.
Wharepapa Hut - a large 5-bunk (8 mattresses) hut 6km from the Wairarapa roadend in the Rimutakas. River water, open fire, toilet. A tidy, quiet hut with about 1 party/month, more in summer / roar....
Jans Hut
Jans Hut
Hut Serviced Hut (DOC). Capacity: 9.Bookings required.
Locked sole-occupancy hut on the Orongorongo River. The hut has a gas cooker, utensils, pots, pans, crockery, flush toilet, and even a wetback for hot showers! Lighting, toilet paper, matches n...
Paua Hut
Paua Hut
Hut Club hut (Wellington Tramping and Mountaineering Club). Capacity: 10.Bookings required.
Hut in the Orongorongo Valley, Rimutaka Forest Park, maintained by the Wellington Tramping and Mountaineering Club. The Paua Tramping Club was formed by members of the Shell Corporation in 1930, a...
Papatahi (Shamrock) Hut
Papatahi (Shamrock) Hut
Hut Serviced Hut (DOC). Capacity: 10.Bookings required.
Locked sole-occupancy hut, formerly known as Shamrock hut. Located on the Orongorongo River.
Boar Inn
Boar Inn
Hut Serviced Hut (DOC). Capacity: 4.Bookings required.
Locked sole-occupancy hut on the Orongorongo Track.
Raukawa Lodge
Raukawa Lodge
Hut Serviced Hut (DOC). Capacity: 14.Bookings required.
Locked sole-occupancy hut on the Orongorongo River. The hut has a gas cooker, utensils, pots, pans, crockery, flush toilet, and even a wetback for hot showers! Lighting, toilet paper, matches n...
Turere Lodge
Turere Lodge
Hut Serviced Hut (DOC). Capacity: 32.Bookings required.
Locked hut on the Orongorongo River. The hut has 4 sole-occupancy bunk rooms which must be booked. Each bunk room sleeps 8. The hut has shared kitchen and living space, with cookers, utensils, ...
Haurangi Hut
Haurangi Hut
Hut Serviced Hut (DOC). Capacity: 10.Bookings required.
Locked sole-occupancy hut on the Orongorongo River. The hut has a gas cooker, utensils, pots, pans, crockery. Lighting, toilet paper, matches not supplied.
Oaks Hut
Oaks Hut
Hut Removed!
A "bush cabin" - book at the ranger's station at the entrance to the park. Ford the river straight over from the end of the Orongorongo Track to Browns Stream. The hut is about 100 metres along a t...
Catchpool Valley Campsite
Catchpool Valley Campsite
Campsite Standard Campsite (DOC). 150 spaces.
Extensive drive-in campsite in the Catchpool Valley: a hub for short walks and overnight trips into the Orongorongo Valley. The campsite features flush toilets and hot showers. The campsite has ...
Graces Stream Campsite
Campsite Backcountry Campsite (DOC). 10 spaces.
This Catchpool Valley campsite is a short walk in, leaving the crowds and caravans behind, but still handy to the range of tracks in the area. Note that Catchpool Valley gates are closed summer...

Hut categories

Great Walks Hut
Well appointed DOC hut on one of the nine Great Walks. Great Walks pass required, bookings may be required. Facilities typically include toilets, heating, water, and bunks with mattresses. Some huts will have lighting, gas cooking, and a DOC ranger.
Serviced Hut
Larger, high standard hut. Many serviced huts have a booking system and must be booked in advance. Other huts require a back country hut pass or 3 hut tickets. Mostly owned by DOC. Facilities typically include a toilet, open fire or wood burner, water supply, and bunks with mattresses.
Serviced Alpine Hut
Alpine hut owned by DOC or clubs such as NZAC. Generally no heating. Payment varies. Facilities typically include a toilet, water supply, and bunks with mattresses.
Standard Hut
Typical DOC hut. Back country hut pass / 1 hut ticket required, no bookings. Facilities typically include a toilet, open fire or wood burner, and bunks with mattresses.
Basic Hut/Bivvy
Small DOC huts of 2-6 bunks. No fees or bookings. Facilities typically include a toilet and bunks with mattresses.

In general, food and cooking equipment is not available at huts. See DOC and NZAC websites for details of pricing and booking.

Campsite categories

Great Walks Campsite
Campsites are available on most Great Walks, usually next to huts. Great Walks pass required, bookings may be required. Toilets, water supply. No use of hut facilities not available.
Serviced, Scenic, or Standard Campsite
Accessible by car or boat, and offering a range of facilities.
Basic Campsite
Accessible by car or boat, but with minimal facilities. No fees or bookings. Toilet, water may be from stream.
Backcountry Campsite
Walk-in access. Fees vary. No bookings. Toilet, water may be from stream.