Topo50 maps show tracks that have been permanently closed to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease.
Cookson Cottage is set in the bush.
Sleeps maximum of 8 people:
The cottage has a heat pump.
Large lawn – shared with the adjacent cottage.
Kauaeranga Valley Visitor Centre is nearby with:
Check in after 3.00 pm, check out before 11.00 am.
Backcountry Hut Passes and Backcountry Hut Tickets cannot be used at this hut.
Bookings are open for stays up to 30 June 2023.
A $10 service fee applies to phone and in-person booking. This is a limited service – book online first. An in-person booking is dependent on there being space available.
From State Highway 25 at the southern entrance to Thames, turn right into Banks Street beside the BP service station. Banks Street veers right into Parawai Road, which then becomes Kauaeranga Valley Road. The road changes from sealed to gravel after 10 km. A further 2–3 km will get you to the Visitor Centre, where you can pick up the keys and instructions.
There is a water hole 5 minutes walk from the cottage.
Walks in the Kauraeranga Valley range from 20 minutes to a full day.
Kauaeranga Valley is close to the Tairua/Pauanui beaches on the east coast (1 hour) and Cathedral Cove/Whangamata (1 hour 30 minutes). Thames and the Thames Coast are 20 minutes away.