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Huts, Bivvies & Shelters - North Island [South]
Sep 21st, 2008 at 10:48am
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This thread is for the posting of Huts, Bivvies & Shelters on the bottom half of the North Island of New Zealand.
Structures in this thread should be located South of Hawera - Hwy 43 to Taumarunui - Turangi - Taupo - Tarawera - Napier.  Hut postings should include The name/location of the hut, Grid Reference/GPS waypoint coordinates, a few minor basic details about the hut itself such as bunks, heating, accessories and if possible a brief description on the means and times to get to it. This is not a forum of discussion about the hut/s but is merely here for a reference to that hut. Further discussions about the huts can be posted in the in the main section of the Huts section. Any postings that turn this thread into a discussion and detract of the nature and intent of this thread will be either deleted or moved.
Historical Huts are welcome but please indicate their availabilty for useage.
So feel free to add to this thread.
  
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Reply #1 - Oct 8th, 2008 at 11:45am
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Sorry don't have grid reference.
All kaweka F.P.

Stud Holme Saddle Hut.
Access usally makahu saddle carpark.
Sleeps 4 or 6 from memmory.
Stud Holme Saddle Hut.  Map U20, GR E2800100, N6206000

Castel Camp Shelter

Dirt floor,
no bunks,
water tank.
Access, makahu saddle carpark, or lakes carpark.
Castle Camp Shelter.     Map U20, GR E2798720, N6205385

Back Ridge Biv

Sleeps 2
Access makahu saddle carpark
Back Ridge Bivvy.          Map U20, GR E2797300, N6207500

Domine Biv

Half way up kaweka J
Water tank
Sleeps 2
Acces makahu Saddle carpark
Dominie Bivvy.              Map U20, GR E2802795, N6208180

Kiwi Mouth Hut

Sleeps 4
Hut on Naguroro river
Kiwi Mouth Hut.              Map U20, GR E2792666, N6203708

Kiwi Saddle hut

Water tank
Access lakes carpark/cameron carpark
sleeps about 6 or more
Kiwi Saddle Hut.             Map U20, GR E2796270, N6202636

Lawrence hut(now removed)

Lawrence road end

BlackBurch Biv

Access littles clearing or lotkow road
Sleeps 2
Black Birch Bivvy.          Map U20, GR E2806500, N6205700

Feel free to correct me.

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Reply #2 - Oct 8th, 2008 at 6:12pm
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Long veiw hut
Ruhine F.P.

kashmir Road??
Water tank
gas stove/heater
Longview Hut.                Map U22, GR E2776741, N6134658
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Reply #3 - Oct 12th, 2008 at 6:20pm
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Makahu Saddle hut

Access: Makahu saddle carpark. (1min from hut)
Makahu Saddle Hut.        Map U20, GR E2803904, N6207584
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Reply #4 - Jan 10th, 2009 at 10:59am
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Here is Tarn Ridge hut, in the Tararua's. Visited this place not long ago on one of the rare fine days that occur in the Tararua's.


Outside - an older pic


View down the waingawa from the veranda


Inside



The hut sleeps about 15-20, has mattresses, sleeping platforms, wood burner but not much firewood handy (DOC has provided some wood and coal.) This hut replaces the old Wgtn NZDA Tarn Ridge hut located a bit further North along the ridge. Water supply is from water tank.

Location is on the Northern Crossing of the Tararuas,  not far past the junction of Tarn Ridge with Dorset Ridge. Its about an hours tramp down to the Dorset Ridge hut (recently upgraded by Horewhenua hunters and Amalgamated helicopters, Wairarapa..) Some good hunting in the Upper Waiohine valley.  Access on foot takes about at le3ast one full day from the Wairarapa, or usually a bit more. As all routes traverse the tops, wind can make getting there or out can be a bit difficult. An route down the Upper Waingawa to Arete forks hut exists, but would be impassable in flooded conditions.
  
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Reply #5 - Jan 11th, 2009 at 11:57am
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From memory they give the refs on the DOC website for the Kaweka as well
  
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Reply #6 - Dec 19th, 2009 at 4:27pm
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Powell Hut  Tararua FP
Access to Powell Hut is from the car park at the end of Mt Holdsworth Road and it takes 4-5 hours tramp to get there. The views over the Waiarapa plains are stunning and it's one of the quickest routes onto the tops. This is a large serviced hut that sleeps 30 people. There are gas cookers in the hut and heating is by wood burner stove. DoC maintains a good supply of coal, wood and gas. This hut is on the popular Powell, Jumbo, Holdsworth circuit and is an extremely popular desination in summer for tourist trampers and families overnighting. Altitude 1200m
E1804184 N5471183

NB: In late 2018 the hut is to be demolished and an even bigger hut built.



Jumbo Hut Tararua FP (pictured below)
From Powell Hut the tops in this area are some of the easiest to traverse in the park and Mt Holdsworth (1470) can be reached  in about 1 hour from Powell. Then its a 2 hour trip along the tops to a spur which drops down to Jumbo Hut. Jumbo sleeps 24 and has a coal range for heating and gas for cooking.





Atiwhakatu Hut (pictured below)
From Jumbo Hut it's a steep decent down to the Atiwhakatu River an hour away and a brand new hut built to replace the old rats nest there. The new hut sleeps 12 people and has a wood burner for heating but no cooking facilities. From here it's an easy 2 hour walk back to the Mt Holdsworth car park. Total time to do this loop with a day pack is about 10 hrs but will vary depending on fitness.
E1806817 N5472972





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Reply #7 - Dec 19th, 2009 at 10:07pm
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Great posts Simon.  The Tararuas has some big, flash huts eh
  
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Reply #8 - Dec 22nd, 2009 at 5:10pm
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The way it was. Old Powell Hut, replaced in 1981
  
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Reply #9 - Dec 22nd, 2009 at 6:07pm
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4-5 hours?????????? Cry on your knees maybe Cheesy

another of Powell hut this one is only 3 hours away from the car park.


It turns into a latte and backgamon palice on a saturday night.



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Reply #10 - Dec 22nd, 2009 at 6:18pm
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Mid Waiohine Hut.



Mangahuka

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Reply #11 - Jan 3rd, 2010 at 9:26pm
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Burn Hut, northern Tararuas



Neil Forks, Central Tararuas



Anderson's, Western Tararuas

  
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waitawaiwai


waitauru


tutuwai


totara flats


sayers


powell


pen creek
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mungahuka (or hell on earth)


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Reply #13 - Apr 14th, 2010 at 11:18am
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A nice wee Bivy in the Southern Ruahines






View from front door!
  
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Reply #14 - May 22nd, 2010 at 8:50pm
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Makino Hut- Kaweka Forest Park.
This hut is situated on the main Makino Ridge high above the Makino River which is a tributary of the Mohaka River.
Travel to this hut takes about 3hrs from the Makahu Hot Springs road. The first part of the climb is very steep but then levels out. The return trip takes about 2 1/2hrs.

It was built in 1959 by the New Zealand Forest Service with labour supplied by the Hawkes Bay Deerstalkers. Large groups of deerstalkers spent many weekends cutting out the site and erecting the hut. Materials for the hut were flow into the site by fixed wing and dropped by twelve parachutes. The hut was upgraded in 1993





There is this cool piece of poetry in the Hut about the Makino Biv further down the ridge.



There is a Kiwi release programme operating in the area that has been very successful.




The grassy area around the hut and the nearby heli pad have been heavily grazed with deer shit right beside the hut and a sika stag scrap only 10 metres from the hut door when I visited recently.



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Reply #15 - May 22nd, 2010 at 9:00pm
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Makino Bivvy- Kaweka Forest Park

The Makino Biv was built in 1959 by the Hawkes Bay Deerstalkers who were building Makino hut an hour further along the ridge. The biv was built for those members who were cutting the track into the area at the time and for those who wished to stop over instead of walking into the hut in one stretch. It's now very run down but is still being used. There is talk of it being removed soon after fifty years of service to hunters and trampers.


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Reply #16 - May 31st, 2010 at 2:24pm
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waiapehu hut northern tararuas
  
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The old bannister hut at the Holdsworth roadend. A cold hole!
about 1963, got replaced by the Holdsworth lodge in 1968 or so
  
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Reply #18 - May 24th, 2011 at 3:15pm
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Trains Hut in the Waitotara forrest. A badly designed hut with sleeping for 6 to 8 and cooking room for 2.   four and a half hours walk along a graded road from the road end. It does have a small pot belly stove and a water tank.


Tahupo Hut in the Waitotara forrests. A newer hut in first class condition. About 9.5 hours tramp in from the road end. It has a good wood fire, 6 bunks with good matresses, S/S work bench and a water tank. The 5 hour tramp in from Trains Hut is along a razerback ridge for the whole distance and the hut is perched on the razorback also. This is about the best designed bush hut I have seen.
Note DOC have removed most of the huts in southern Waitotara and these 2 huts are all that remain, also DOC have a sign at the road end saying they will do no maintanance in southern Waitotara. That would explain why the tracks are in such poor condition, overgrown to head hight with manuka in places and a bit tricky to follow in other parts due to no markers.
  
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Reply #19 - May 24th, 2011 at 3:45pm
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Thanks for those pics, brings back memories
I  recall Train s as a dirt floored old hut with sack bunks
and tahupo as a canvas roofed tent camp  Smiley
and felled trees everywhere, for the chopper pad.
and the track thru to puniwhakau before it was marked
  
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Reply #20 - May 24th, 2011 at 6:54pm
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The OLD Trains hut... now removed. The new hut is in the first clearing so you get to listen to the thundering waterfall all night when its raining
A good link if you are interested in the Waitotara area and its recent history.
http://www.waitotara.co.nz
  
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Reply #21 - May 25th, 2011 at 10:02pm
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Simon Gibson wrote on May 22nd, 2010 at 9:00pm:
Makino Bivvy- Kaweka Forest Park

The Makino Biv was built in 1959 by the Hawkes Bay Deerstalkers who were building Makino hut an hour further along the ridge. The biv was built for those members who were cutting the track into the area at the time and for those who wished to stop over instead of walking into the hut in one stretch. It's now very run down but is still being used. There is talk of it being removed soon after fifty years of service to hunters and trampers.


  

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Anyone know who wrote the poem about Makino??
  
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just a stab in the dark Lester Marsters
  

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Kiwi Saddle Hut in the Kaweka Ranges was built in 1987 by the Heretaunga Tramping Club after the original 1947 beech pole and malthoid hut had rotted away. At 1170 metres, the hut is positioned on a saddle site tucked into the protecting beech forest. It has sleeping for 8. From the Lakes car park the track climbs up to Mt Kuripapango at 1250 metres, then continues North West along the Smith-Russell Track to reach a high point of 1359 metres, then a bit of up and down until the Kiwi Saddle Hut is reached at the foot of an exposed ridge. There is some great slip hunting on the way.



The surrounding countryside was substantially modified by fire in the late 1800s for sheep grazing. Overgrazing, poor soils and the harsh climate led to large scale erosion and sheep farming was abandoned here by the early 1900s. The area can see extremes in weather so hunters must go prepared.




Castle Camp Shelter is made from PVC stretched over a timber frame and strengthened with chicken wire. On a warm spring day it gets pretty hot inside but in cold weather there is no insulation. An alpine glass house? Originally built as a hunters camp it is now used by all who pass by and need shelter.  A water tank means there’s no need to drop down into the gullies in search of water. A good place to be based as there is a huge amount of country to hunt.  From Kiwi Saddle Hut it is an easy walk along the undulating tops to get to Castle Camp.



The Studholme Bivvy is the oldest in the park, built in 1958 by the NZ Forest Service. It sits at 1240 metres. The biviouac is a few minutes’ walk from the Studholme Saddle Hut which was built in 1969.  The bivvy is currently in excellent condition, a great example of the classic NZFS 2 man hunters shelter. A feature of the area is wilding pines that were originally planted on slips by the NZFS to control erosion. Unfortunately they are spreading over the open alpine areas and are very difficult to eradicate as once cut down or poisoned, new seedlings pop up. DOC has put a lot of effort into trying to stop the spread but its a big battle. From the bivvy you can get back to the Lakes car park via several tracks, both of which are very steep on the downhill sections or head out over Kaweka J, the highest point in the park at 1724m on drop down to Makahu car park.
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Reply #25 - Apr 27th, 2017 at 10:15am
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Alan Lee from DOC Napier
  
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Reply #26 - Apr 29th, 2017 at 7:28pm
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Very impressed with the way the older huts in the Kawekas have been upgraded while maintaining their character. The wood stoves, interior lining and skylights have made them very pleasant to stay in. Looks like volunteer groups are doing a fair bit of the maintenance too.
Real long drop toilets too, rather than those horrible Norskis.
  
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