Auckland Tramping Club’s Doc-style backcountry hut, Ngaro Te Kotare, is available for booking by Club members and the public alike.

The hut is your ideal Waitakere accommodation for a quiet bush getaway, family gathering, or group training or team building event. Here's why:

  • sleeps 24 – book a bunk or the full hut
  • beautiful Waitakere bush setting
  • off Anawhata Road, just 40 minutes from downtown Auckland
  • secure off-road parking, 5 minute walk to hut

To book, use our hut booking form.

  • Kitchen area
    Kitchen area
  • Dining / living area & platform bunks
    Dining / living area & platform bunks
  • Dining / living area & tiered bunks
    Dining / living area & tiered bunks
  • Tiered bunks
    Tiered bunks
  • Log burner
    Log burner
  • Path to hut
    Path to hut
  • Deck


From a grateful visitor:

"Please pass my thanks on to the club for the upkeep of the hut. We very much enjoyed our stay there on the weekend with friends and children. We had an adventurous bush walk and enjoyed being able to spend the night out in the bush. The hut is a real piece of tramping history."


What’s in the hut?

  • platform bunks with mattresses for 24 (bring your sleeping bag)
  • cooking pots, crockery and cutlery 
  • gas hobs 
  • wood-burning stove
  • sun-drenched deck



Book out the hut $180.00 per night

Or book a bunk:

Adults $15.00 per night
Youth (14 - 17 yrs) $10.00 per night
Children (13 yrs and under) $5.00 per night



Booking form

Ngaro Te Kotare Hut Booking Form

NTK Booking Form


Don’t like forms? Then e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call or txt Robin Houston 0274 310 010 between 7 and 9 pm.


Make your hut payment to:

Account: Auckland Tramping Club - 02 0100 0024675 00
Particulars: NTK Hut
Code: (your name)
Reference: (first date booked for)


Tracks near the hut

Ngaro Te Kotare is nestled in a backcountry bush setting with many tramping tracks and points of interest nearby, such as the Waitakere Dam.

A number of these are currently closed as a kauri protection measure. It is expected that Auckland Council will re-open important local tracks over time. Local walking options for you include:

  • Explore our own forested patch of paradise
  • From the hut turn right onto Cutty Grass track, cross Anawhata Rd and walk to McElwain lookout for great views out to the west
  • Or turn left onto Cutty Grass and walk out to the Scenic Drive - access from there to Large Kauri, Spraggs Bush and the Waitakere Dam
  • From the western end of Anawhata Rd there are tracks to Anawhata Beach and North Piha Beach


How to get to Ngaro Te Kotare Hut

To get to the hut, take Piha Road then Anawhata Road. You then turn onto a metalled access road through a locked gate leading to the secure off road car park. The hut is a 5 minute walk from there.

Further details and instructions on how to access the gate and hut keys will be given when your booking is confirmed. 

See the map below for the location.


More information

  • Ngaro Te Kotare means The Hidden Lookout
  • Mature bush surrounds the hut on all sides
  • The hut was built by Club members in 1929 as a base for day and overnight tramps – read more about the history of NTK
  • The hut has featured in several movies, including the rollicking Hunt for the Wilderpeople featuring Sam Neill