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Oaks
Oaks

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 24 January 1999
Where: Orongorongo River, Rimutaka Forest Park
Description: DOC (6)
Access: 2 hours from the Catchpool carpark
Comments: A "bush cabin" - book at the ranger's station at the entrance to the park. Ford the river straight over from the end of the Orongorongo Track to Browns Stream. The hut is about 100 metres along a thin track starting a few metres on the north bank of the stream. Surrounded by bush and so quite dark.

Oamaru
Oamaru

From: Kevin Davison
Date: 25/03/2016
Where: Kaimanawa Forest Park.NZTopo50 map sheet:BH37
Description: DOC standard hut sleeps 12
Access: 6-8 hrs from Clements Mill Road. 4 hrs from Taharua Road
Comments: Access from Taharua Road can be boring as a lot of it is on forestry road. 2 bunks rooms sleep 6 each with communal area between. Hut on small hill with views over valley.

Old Cedar Flats
Old Cedar Flats

From: Steve Hudson
Date: August 2012
Where: Toaroha River,Westland.
Description: DOC 4 , Standard
Access: 3-4 hrs along a benched track from end of Middlebranch Road, Upper Kokatahi.
Comments: An historic Forest Service Hut painted in its original Orange colour. Still used as an overflow if the main hut gets busy. Excellent hotpool just 10mins from hut at bottom of Wren Creek. Plenty of Blue Duck (Whio) frequent the area.

Old Woman
Old Woman

From: Euan Nicol
Date: 15 Jan 2003
Where: Old Woman Range, Central Otago.
Description: DOC, coal range, sleeps 6
Access: 2hrs from Duffers Saddle on Nevis-Garston Road above Bannockburn.
Comments: Classic central Otago schist tor landscapes. Views of Aspiring, Cook and Hector mountains. Good walking or occasionally ski-touring day trip in winter.

Omaru
Omaru

From: Dan Elderkamp
Date: Jan 2009
Where: Whanganui National Park, topomap R20 Matemateaonga
Description: DOC (12)
Access: From Kohi Saddle on Mangaehu Road, easy 1.5 hours on excellent track.
Comments: First hut on the Matemateaonga Track, from west to east. Pleasant, comfortable, light, airy and well-maintained hut in grassy clearing with two sleeping platforms & foam mattresses, woodburner, inside sink bench, plenty seating around large table. Outside water supply with sink. Toilet. Plenty birds, especially long-tailed cuckoos.

Ongaruanuku
Ongaruanuku

From: Dave Woodward
Date: 7 July 2007
Where: Waitakere Ranges, Auckland.
Description: Auckland University Tramping Club
Access: Ridge Road Track.
Comments: A typical student tramping hut with many amusing signs. See the AUTC web site for booking information.

Oreti
Oreti

From: David Barnes
When: August 2014
Where: Eyre Mountains/ Taka R? Haka Conservation Park
Description: DOC (4)
Access: From signposted anglers' access on Centre Hill Rd. Unmarked route, 2 hours.
Comments: NZFS 4 bunker. Take a map or you might miss it.

Otukota
Otukota

From: Sam Taylor
Where: Ruahine Forest Park
Description: DOC (6)
Comments: A basic hut. Sits above the river and is a steep climb to get up to.

Oturere
Oturere

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 7 April 1998
Where: Tongariro National Park
Description: DOC (22)
Access: 5.5 hours from Mangatepopo and 3 hours across from the new Waihohonu Hut.
Comments: A grand location on the east side of Ngauruhoe in the Tongariro National Park. The smallish living area has 2 sleeping platforms on one side and 2 rooms with bunks on the other. A Great Walk hut (needs dated hut ticket in advance) with a gas heater and gas stove (in summer). 5-6 formed tent sites outside. Water levels can get low in the tanks in which case water is obtained from the nearby stream which includes a neat waterfall for freezing showers.

Packhorse
Packhorse

From: David Barnes
Date: 13 June 2008
Where: Banks Peninsula
Description: DOC (8)
Access: From Kaituna Valley (2 hours) or longer routes from Gebbies Pass, Diamond Harbour or Summit Road.
Comments: Historic stone hut, originally built as one of Harry Ell's roadhouses (Sign of the Takahe etc) but the road was never put through.

Pahautea
Pahautea

From: David Whyte
Where: Pirongia Forest Park
Comments: This is a very small hut, with two bunk platforms that would sleep 6 or 8 at a push. It is near the summit of Pirongia and is a long walk from any entrance to the park. A standard hut under DOC's listing as has water and long drop. It rains a lot in the Waikato, and even more onto of Pirongia so there is also raised camping areas for tents because the ground is boggy, hence the wooden raised walkways around the hut.

Pakituhi
Pakituhi

From: David Barnes
Date: November 2011
Where: Hawea Conservation Area
Description: DOC (8)
Access: A 900m, 3 hour climb from the shores of Lake Hawea, or 4 hours from Stody's Hut above Timaru River.
Comments: A new hut built for the Te Araroa Trail.

Panekiri
Panekiri

From: Mat Avery
Where: Waikaremoana Great Walk, Te Urewera National Park, East Coast/Hawkes Bay.
Description: DOC (36)
Access: The hut is 5 hours walk from the track start at Onepoto (clockwise) or 4 hours walk from Waiopaoa Hut.
Comments: The hut has a great atmosphere and fantastic views. Make sure you get up in the middle of the night to see the stars! From Onepoto the track climbs steadily to the ridge top where there are fantastic views down over the lake. The track undulates along the ridge for several hours before reaching the hut. From Waiopaoa Hut the track rises gently through undulating valleys before climbing steadily/steeply to the hut.

Papatahi
Papatahi

From: David Barnes
Date: August 2010
Where: Orongorongo Valley, Rimutaka Forest Park
Description: DoC (10)
Access: From Catchpool Stream, 3 hours.
Comments: New DoC hut adjacent to, and ultimately to replace, Shamrock Hut. Locked, with bookings (on a whole hut basis) required.

Parawai
Parawai

From: Alan Bowring
Date: 2006
Where: Otaki Forks, Tararua Forest Park
Description: PTC (30)
Access: 5 minutes from the carpark by the caretakers, 2 hours down from Field Hut, 5 hours down from Kime Hut and 4-5 hours from Waitewaewae Hut.
Comments: Quite tidy. 2 sleeping platforms and a fireplace. Plenty of wood supplied.

Parks Peak
Parks Peak

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: January 2014
Where: Ruahine Forest Park
Description: DOC (6)
Access: From Makaroro car park, 5 hours. From Mangleton Road via Sentry Box hut, 2.5 to 3 hours. From Upper Makaroro hut, 2 hours.
Comments: Very nice, comfortable hut in good location - built 2008 as replacement for the previous one. Six bunks with mattresses, woodburner, sink bench and table with seats. Outside sink bench with water supply, as well as toilet. Great as overnight destination, or as stop en route.

Perry Saddle
Perry Saddle

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: Feb 2007
Where: Kahurangi National Park, DoC Parkmap 274-13 Kahurangi
Description: DOC (24)
Access: From the East, next hut on the Heaphy track from Brown Hut, 5 to 5.5 hours (all uphill!). Gouland Downs hut is another 2 hours away.
Comments: Pleasant, cosy hut with great views to the south. Usual first stop for most people walking the Heaphy track from East to West. Gas heating/cooking facilities, water, two bunkrooms with sleeping platforms & mattresses. Hut can be crowded in the busy season, and would suggest carrying on to Gouland Downs hut (another 1.5 - 2 hours on) if you have the energy. Prior booking required, as it is a "Great Walks" hut.

Philip J. Cox Memorial
Philip J. Cox Memorial

From: David Barnes
Date: 26 March 2012
Where: Silver Peaks Scenic Reserve, Otago.
Description: DOC (4)
Access: From Hightop via Tunnels Track (2.5 hours, the 1st hour on a forestry road) or via Silver Peak and Rocky Ridge (5-6 hours).
Comments: Small hut replacing Yellow Hut. Built as a memorial to Phil Cox, a local outdoors enthusiast killed in a car crash on the way home from a climbing trip. DoC has plans for a more interesting but slower track up the South Waikouaiti River to Hightop to replace the road bash.

Pinnacles
Pinnacles

From: Kevin Davison
Date: July 2011
Where: Coromandel Forest Park, Kauaeranga Valley : Topo 50 map BB35: E1841123, N5897069
Description: DOC Serviced hut sleeps 80
Access: 3 hr walk from the Kauaeranga Valley Road end.
Comments: Hut has to be pre booked. It has Solar power lighting, BBQ and gas cookers. May also have some pots and pans. As easy walk very busy hut.

Poet
Poet

From: Steve Hudson
Date: 6 November 2013
Where: Mungo River, Westland. Map reference NZ Topo 50- BV19 495336.
Description: DOC (4)
Access: Approx. 2-2.5 hours walk from Top Toaroha Hut or 3-4 hrs from Bluff Hut.
Comments: The hut is an older 4 bunker and has an open fire. Water from the river nearby, and is very basic but would be good, if in the rain. Lunch on day 3 if doing the Toaroha- Hokitika-Whitcombe Circuit.

Port Craig
Port Craig

From: David Barnes
Date: 8 April 2005
Where: South Coast Track, Fiordland
Description: DOC (15)
Access: From Rarakau via Bluecliffs Beach 6 hours (5 hours if low tide option between Breakneck Creek and Te Whata is taken).
Comments: The last remaining building in the 1920s timber milling village of Port Craig is the former schoolhouse, now a DoC hut. It survived when the receivers moved in as it was the only building owned by the government rather than the timber company. Apart from the amazing bush and coastal scenery, the remnants of the logging industry are a major attraction here - particularly the impressive viaducts a coupe of hours further on. There's an interpretative walk through various relics near the hut, and a chance of seeing Hector's dolphins cavorting near the old wharf. The Port Craig Village accommodation complex for the Hump Ridge track is nearby.

Port William
Port William

From: Dan Elderkamp
Date: Jan 2012
Where: Rakiura National Park, Stewart Island
Description: DOC (20)
Access: From the road-end at Lee Bay, 3 - 4 hours along metalled track and beaches. Interesting logging relics along the way, plus awesome scenic beauty. Shuttle available from Oban to the road end, or walk 4km/1 hour extra.
Comments: Excellent hut, the first on the North West Circuit when tramping in an anti-clockwise direction. It's situated just off the beach at Port William in a great location. Two bunkrooms with bunks, sleeping platforms and mattresses. It's also part of the Rakiura Track (a Great Walk), and this hut therefore needs to be booked beforehand. Large kitchen/common area, with sink benches and water. Good to get here when carrying a 23kg pack! You can get a water taxi to here and walk back to Oban if just visiting for the day. The DOC office in Oban is very helpful, and has all the guff.

Possum
Possum

From: David Barnes
Where: Silver Peaks Scenic Reserve
Description: DoC
Access: One hour from Mountain Road, 45 minutes from Green Hut site.
Comments: Depression-era goldminers' hut, now in poor condition. (The tree in the photo has, however, been removed).

Pouakai
Pouakai

From: Mike & Liz Sampson
Date: 26 October 2003
Where: Egmont National Park
Description: DOC (sleeps 16 on bench bunks)
Access: 4 hours from Egmont Rd (start 2.3 km below North Egmont Visitor Centre); 2.5 - 3 hours to Holly Hut; 2.5 hours from Mangorei Road.
Comments: A popular hut just above the bushline with good views - a great place to take families due to its proximity to the road end.

Pouri
Pouri

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: Jan 2009
Where: Whanganui National Park, topomap R20 Matemateaonga
Description: DOC (18)
Access: 4 - 4.5 hours from Omaru Hut, travelling west to east, on excellent track.
Comments: Second hut on the Matemateaonga Track. Similar design & layout to Omaru Hut, except this has three sleeping platforms with foam mattresses. Has woodburner, inside sink bench, and plenty seating around large table. Outside water supply with sink. Toilet a short distance from hut. Has dog kennels behind hut. Good walking on the almost level track, with good views of Mt Ruapehu. On the way a 1.5 hour (return) side trip up Mt Humphrey is well worth the effort - on a clear day you can see Tongariro, Ruapehu, Ngaruhoe and Taranaki - excellent views.

Poutaki
Poutaki

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: June 2009
Where: Wakarara Conservation Area, Central Hawke's Bay
Description: DOC (4)
Access: From Yeoman's mill car park, cross Makaroro river, up Wakarara road, into Leatherwood road, to road end to access track. Total 3 to 3.5 hours tramp to hut.
Comments: The only hut on the Wakarara Range. Standard DOC 4 bunk hut, with foam mattresses, small potbelly stove, bench and seating. Water and toilet. Not often visited, but well worth the effort - great views from ridge, summit and hut. Track is not marked on map, but it is fairly distinct with sporadic orange markers. Map 260 series U22 Ongaonga.

Powell
Powell

From: Ian Fisk
Date: December 1999
Where: below Mt. Holdsworth, Tararua Forest Park
Description: DOC/HVTC (40)
Access: 4 hours from the Mt. Holdsworth road end. 3-4 hours from Jumbo Hut.
Comments: Great views across the Wairarapa Plains. Popular as a stop in day walks to Mt. Holdsworth (4 hours from the carpark, 1 hour from the top). Most modern long-drops in NZ! Gas stoves. Also see: Powell in Winter, Old Powell Hut
Picture courtesy of Peter Sundstrom.

Puketotara
Puketotara

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: Jan 2009
Where: Whanganui National Park, topomap R20 Matemateaonga
Description: DOC (12)
Access: About 7.5 hours on excellent (but occasionally muddy) track from Pouri Hut, or 2 hours from/1.5 hours to Bridge to Nowhere Lodge (on true right of Whanganui River, at Ramanui). Ngapurua Shelter is about halfway between Pouri and Puketotara huts.
Comments:Third hut on Matemateaonga Track, travelling west to east. Similar design & layout to Omaru Hut. Two sleeping platforms with mattresses, inside sink bench, woodburner and seating/table. Outside water supply, sink and toilet. Great views over the Whanganui river and surrounding bush. The only way out from here is either by jetboat from Bridge to Nowhere Lodge, or by helicopter, or walk back to Kohi Saddle. Good extra option is to do jetboat tour to Bridge to Nowhere - great fun, and interesting - talk to Lodge owner.

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