This fee goes to local Maori because this section of the track is their land.
From Deep Water cove to Cape Brett is free, since this land is owned by the Department of Conservation (DOC).
However, DOC does charge adults $15 per night to stay at their hut at Cape Brett. Children under 15 are $7.50
Example: to walk from Oke Bay to Cape Brett and stay at the hut would cost an adult $45 ($30+$15) and child (under 15) $22.50 ($15+$7.50).
Track and hut fees can be paid in two ways:
- Visit the DOC web site. Just click on the DOC logo below, and you’ll be re-directed right to the right place. When the DOC site opens, choose “Backcountry Huts and Campsites” then “Cape Brett” from the drop down list. It’s a bit confusing because when you start your booking, it looks like you are only booking the hut. But in actual fact, as you proceed, you’ll see you’re actually booking the hut and paying for it, and paying the track fees. You’ll see what I mean.
- Or call the Paihia i-SITE (Open 7 days)
Phone: +64 9 402 7345