Places to stay

Tararua Middle loop

Waitewaewae Hut
Waitewaewae Hut
Hut Standard Hut (DOC). Capacity: 16.
The first architect-designed hut in the Tararua Forest Park - built to show good use of hut fees. Big windows make good use of any available light. Hot potbelly stove, 2 sleeping platforms, 16 matt...
Field Hut
Field Hut
Hut Standard Hut (DOC). Capacity: 20.
Built in 1924, there are still signs of the original bush carpentry. Handy for Friday-nighters doing the Southern Crossing over the weekend. The danger sign in front of the hut refers to the track ...
Kime Hut
Kime Hut
Hut Standard Hut (DOC). Capacity: 20.
The highest hut on the Southern Crossing. Nice view of Masterton through the valley. This hut was replaced in 2014 and is now warm and light due to the large double glazed windows. Sleeps 20 people...
Maungahuka Hut
Maungahuka Hut
Hut Standard Hut (DOC). Capacity: 6.
The original hut (pictured) has been replaced by a new hut on the same location. Sleeps 12, but has no fireplace / woodburner (there was no wood within a km anyway, so no great loss!). A huge air...
Anderson Memorial Hut
Anderson Memorial Hut
Hut Standard Hut (DOC). Capacity: 6.
The original hut was first dropped on the site by Oliver Anderson (a pilot) who died a year later flying supplies to the Fiordland deer cullers. Six bunks with mattresses. Nestled in bush but good ...
Parawai Hut
Parawai Hut
Hut Standard Hut (DOC). Capacity: 30.
A very tidy hut with two sleeping platforms and mattresses. A wood burner and plenty of firewood supplied. Sink with water in hut. Tables and seating with a large veranda also with seating.

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.