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Department of Conservation, Kaweka Rangers

The information available on or through this website is intended to provide general information to the public. All reasonable measures have been taken to ensure the information is true and accurate to the best of the Department of Conservation's knowledge but we cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Safety is your responsibility; please read the 'Plan and prepare' section of the DOC website, which includes contact information of DOC visitor centres for the latest information about facilities and conditions.

Department of Conservation, Kaweka Rangers

may change, delete, add to, or otherwise amend information contained on this website without notice; and is not responsible for the content of other websites linked to or referenced from this website. The Department of Conservation neither endorses the information, content, presentation, or accuracy of such other websites, nor makes any warranty, express or implied, regarding these other websites. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and we have no control over availability of the linked pages. has checked any files which may be downloaded on the site for viruses or other materials that may cause damage to computer systems or files and does not accept any liability for any damage caused by downloading any materials from this site. The contents of this website should not be construed as legal advice. Reference to any specific commercial product, process, or service whether by trade name, trademark, manufacture, or otherwise does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by the New Zealand government or the Department of Conservation. Each page on this website must be read in conjunction with this disclaimer and any other disclaimer that forms part of it.

The Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation is committed to protecting the privacy and security of visitors to the Department of Conservation website. You may browse and access information contained within this website without providing any personal information. Where you voluntarily provide personal information (e.g. through email feedback), we will only use that information to communicate with you. We will keep any such information secure and will not disclose it to any third parties.

Online booking system

Doc Huts has been built for concessioners and uses an in-memory cookie, which is set to last no longer than 30 minutes. The cookie itself doesn't collect any personal information about you (it is used to hold basic authentication-related information) and the content is encrypted. Information you provide as part of the booking process is retained on a secure site so we can contact you regarding your booking and maintain and manage your booking. If you have indicated acceptance in completing surveys or evaluations on your booking, you may be contacted within the next 18 months. Your information will not be passed onto third parties.

These conditions are in addition to the mandatory requirements as described in the Concessions Documents.

All parties are to be advised that this is a notification system and not a booking system so a notification does not automatically entitle users exclusive rights to bunks, facilities or the area. Backcountry etiquette of first in first served stands and all users of the Kaweka Forest Park are advised to take sufficient camping equipment in case huts are full.

Conditions for Concessioners

Only one helicopter party to each location at any one time, except: On the day of pick-up another party is able to be dropped in on that day provided the drop off time is after 10am, similarly for pick-ups that overlap with a pre-notified drop off date. When there are differing user groups at a site (eg hunters and kayakers) and the concessionaire of the party which has the first notification has agreed to an additional landing/s at that site.

A maximum of 7 nights stay at any one location for a party during the peak period of April and May. Notifications can only be made up to a maximum of 18 months prior to the day of the drop off. There is no limit on maximum or minimum party size.

If a tramping, rafting or kayaking party is dropped off in one site and getting picked up at another site, or walking/rafting out to a roadend, then notifications at the sites of intended stay are to be entered into the system. Notifications for hunters can be made either side of this day but the hunting party must be advised that the tramping/rafting party has the notification for that site on the particular day so alternative camping arrangements can be made for that particular day if required.

Concessionaires are expected to sell hut tickets for those users wishing to stay in backcountry huts.

Access to DOC huts is currently restricted.
Contact: Department of Conservation Napier for Public Access and Password
Email DOC Napier or alternatively
you can also call: +64 6-834 3111