Ngaro Te Kotare Hut in the WaitakeresNgaro Te Kotare Hut kitchen in the Waitakeres


Located in the Waitakere Ranges, this large backcountry-style 24 bed hut is suitable for training courses, social activities, or weekend retreats away from it all in the bush.

The Hut is easily accessed, just 40 minutes from Auckland City, and has secure off-road parking.

Mattresses are provided, but you should bring your own bedding, preferably a sleeping bag.

Cooking pots, crockery and cutlery are provided. There are two wood-burning stoves and gas hobs are available.

In the past, the Waitakere Ranges are a regular destination for ATC day trips. With many tracks now closed as a kauri protection measure, there is very limited walking nearby. We all hope that Auckland Council will re-open important local tracks over time.

There are many tracks and points of interest near NTK Hut such as the Waitakere Dam, but these are all closed at the moment.

St Marks School visiting Ngaro te Kotare hut Waitakere Dam Ideal base for running an outdoor course

 Rates Per Night:

Adults $15.00 per night
Youth (14 - 17 yrs) $10.00 per night
Children (13 yrs and under) $5.00 per night
Block Booking $180.00 per night

For Bookings and Enquiries Contact:

John Dalley
Phone: 021 216 5568 (between 7pm - 9pm)
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Online Payments:

Account Auckland Tramping Club - 02 0100 0024675 00
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Some History:

The 7.5 acre site was bought by the Club in 1928 with the assistance of a loan from some of its members. Building was started in December 1928 with foundation blocks cut from the remains of a fallen totara. On many weekends trampers caught the Saturday afternoon train to Henderson and walked the nine miles to the hut site, often with building materials on top of their packs. Ngaro te Kotare was officially opened on 17 March 1929. Until the 1960s the hut was an indispensable part of Club life and used most weekends.