Paua Hut is available for sole occupancy bookings by members and non-members. To request a booking, click on each of the dates required, complete the details in the form and click on "send". A day includes the night to the following morning.
Paua Hut is located in the Rimutaka State Forest Park (also known as the Orongorongas), approximately 2 hours easy walk from the Rimutaka Forest Park car park along wide easy tracks and about 700m of river walking. The car park is approximately 45 minutes drive from Wellington. (Lat, Lng -41.3488, 174.9653) (Grid BQ32 644 207)
To get to Rimutaka Forest Park, follow the instructions on the Rimutaka Trust website and park in the Catchpool car park.
From Turere Bridge (approximately a 1.5-2 hour walk from the Catchpool car park along well defined tracks), head downsstream about 700m.
You'll need to cross the river a few times. From the river, the landmark to look for is a big, cliff-like clay bank on the left (and true left) of the river. The river swings right so you see the cliff facing you as you walk downstream. Paua Hut is tucked into the bush behind and on top of this cliff.
Note that after heavy rainfall, the river level may be too high to cross. If you are at the hut, wait for river levels to fall. You can check river flows at Wellington Regional Councils website. River flows above 2-3 m³/s are likely to prevent crossings to/from the hut. If in doubt, DO NOT cross.
A 4wd track leaves the river, crosses a reasonably big side-creek on the left (another landmark) and heads up onto the bank, and goes right past Paua Hut. So follow it up the bank. (In other words, if you stick to the 4wd track - it mostly follows the river, but you'll be able to follow the compacted gravel wheel tracks - you more or less can't go wrong).
Also, on the other side of the river, Brown's track heads up the hill - you'll see a big orange triangle marking it (hard to pick but if you look for it you'll see it.
What You Will Find in the Hut
- Gas cooker
- Pots & pans
- Cups, plates & cutlery
- Table & chairs
- 10 sleeping mattresses on two platforms
- Wood burner
- Long drop
- There is also some room around the hut for camping
How to Book the Hut
Use the calendar and booking request form above. Once your booking has been confirmed, you will be told where and when to collect the key to the hut. Booking is essential.
For bookings made after 1 Aug 2018, charges per night are:
- Members: $free
- Adults $10.00
- Youth/Children(17 and under) $5.00
How to Pay
The easiest way to pay is by bank transfer to the WTMC Club bank account.
Use 'Your Name - Paua - Tripdate' as the banking reference, and let the booking officer know when you have paid and how much.