Holly Hut switched to online reservations. Photo / Tamsen Walker
Trampers who ride Taranaki’s popular Pouakai Circuit will soon have the security of a confirmed bed for the night, with the two shelters along the busy track switching to online booking.
From November 1, the Holly Hut of Taranaki maunga will join Pouakai Hut, becoming bookable online through the Department of Conservation website.
The 32 bunk bed backcountry cabana sits along the scenic Pouakai Circuit and the larger trails of the Around the Mountain Circuit.
Andy Johnston, DoC Taranaki’s recreation and history supervisor, says Holly Hut can get busy during peak season on the mountain.
âPre-booking online will guarantee people a bunk for the night. To date, visitors have left to chance whether they would get a bed or if the hut was too full. The hut is a three to four house. – hour walk from the ends of the road. The added security of pre-booking will hopefully encourage people to get out and enjoy this hut without worrying about missing a bunk and having to back up. “
Pouakai Hut switched to online booking in November of last year. User feedback has been positive, says Andy.
“People like to know they will have a bed at the end of their wandering.”
Beginning November 1, hikers wishing to spend the night in either cabin must register and reserve on the DoC website before setting out. Trampers must have proof of their reservation with them.
The backcountry hut tickets will no longer be valid at Holly Hut or Pouakai Hut, but can be used at any other hut in the park. The price remains the same, adults $ 15, youth (11-17 years old) $ 7.50 and children 10 years and under free. Backcountry refuge pass discounts apply.
Signs have been installed at the entrances to the tracks and in the main huts of the park, alerting pedestrians to changes.
â For more information, see www.doc.govt.nz or call the North Egmont Visitor Center on 06 756 0990.