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Taipo
Taipo

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: March 2007
Where: Kahurangi National Park, topomap 260-M28 Wangapeka
Description: DOC (16)
Access: From west to east, 6 hours from Belltown Manunui hut, 1 hour from Stag Flat shelter, 3.5 hours to Helicopter Flat hut, or 3 hours to Trevor Carter hut.
Comments: Nice, comfortable hut with a good feel to it. Popular with the fishing fraternity. Woodburner, sleeping platforms with mattresses, water & toilet.

Taipo (Mavora Lakes)
Taipo

From: Kevin Davidson
Date: 31/12/15
Where: Mavora Lakes
Description: DOC Standard 8 Bunk
Access: 3-4 hrs walk from Boundary hut. 5-6 hrs from Careys Hut. 7-8 hrs from Mavora campsite. 4-5hrs from Greenstone hut.
Comments: Part of the Te Araroa Trail. Links with the Greenstone track.

Tarn Ridge
Tarn Ridge

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 3 February 1997
Where: South end of Tarn Ridge, Tararua Forest Park
Description: DOC (16)
Access: 3 hours from Dorset Ridge Hut, 5 hours from Te Matawai Hut via Arete, Lancaster and the Waiohine Pinnacles, 6-7 hours from Mitre Flats Hut, 6-7 hours from Jumbo Hut and 7-8 hours from Powell Hut.
Comments: This modern hut (1995?) replaces the smaller hut at the north end of Tarn Ridge and may replace Dorset Ridge Hut. Tank water. 8 mattresses and 4 sleeping platforms. Potbelly stove but no wood or coal when I was there. Wonderful views over the headwaters of the Waingawa River to Bannister and Waingawa with Table Ridge on the right.
Picture courtesy of Adam James Matich

Tawa
Tawa

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: January 2007
Where: Waioeka Forest (Map series 260 - W17 Urewera)
Description: DOC (6)
Access: From DOC-signposted parking area on Moanui Rd, 4 hours. From Koranga Forks hut via Kahunui Stream, 6 hours.
Comments: Cosy, character-filled hut on true right bank of Kahunui Stream. Woodburner, outside water tank, comfortable bunks with mattresses. Toilet. Plenty space for camping. Watch out for onga onga on track!

Te Matawai
Te Matawai

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 2 February 1997
Where: 532 metres below Pukematawai, Tararua Forest Park
Description: MTC/DOC (30)
Access: 3.5 hours from Waiopehu Hut, 5 hours from Tarn Ridge Hut.
Comments: A big L-shaped hut with 2 big sleeping platforms (3 mattresses) in one arm and the living area in the other. Indoor water. One cooking bench and a battered table. A partially con/destructed porch traps the sun in the afternoon. Good views up to Pukematawai from the front door - better views from the helicopter clearing just up the hill. Click here for a distant view of the hut.
Picture courtesy of Adam James Matich

Te Puia Lodge
Te Puia Lodge

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: December 2006
Where: Kaweka Forest Park, Hawkes Bay
Description: DOC (24)
Access: From "The Gums" carpark at end of Makahu Road, 2.5 - 3 hours on track along the Mohaka river. From Makino hut, 1.5 hours down most direct route. Note - there is a ford to cross on Makahu road - take care after heavy rain.
Comments: Nice, spacious hut next to sandy beach on true right bank of the Mohaka river. Two bunk areas, one at each end of the hut, with sleeping platforms & foam mattresses and separated by kitchen and common area. Two gas cookers and gas heater. Two indoor sink benches with water supply, and one outdoor sink at water tank, with tap. Pack shelves/storage & gun rack. Two toilets, and meat safe. A bonus is the Mangatainoka hot springs a further 45 minutes along the track - well worth the extra effort. Good camping at the springs. Mangatutu hot springs and camping at "The Gums" carpark for that post-tramp soak (marvellous!). Great tramp for the not-so-fit and the kids.

Te Rereatukahia
Te Rereatukahia

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: November 2006
Where: Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park, Bay of Plenty
Description: DOC (12)
Access: From end of Hot Springs Road (off SH 2 near Katikati), either 2.5 hours via the Kauri Grove track, or 3.5 hours via the Tuahu and North/South tracks.
Comments: Pretty basic hut in sunny, grassy clearing, with 2 sleeping platforms (covered with thinnish foam mat), a table, and cooking bench. Outside water and toilet. Makes a great lunch stop on loop daywalk on the tracks mentioned, or easy first overnighter for the kids or beginner trampers. Some marvellous views from North/South track and from hill behind the hut on a clear day

The Mansion
The Mansion

From: David Barnes
Date: June 2011
Where: Eyre Mountains/Taka Rã Haka Conservation Park
Description: DOC (2)
Access: 1.5-2 hours from Irthing picnic area.
Comments: Ex-NZFS hut

Toaroha Saddle Bivvy
Toaroha Saddle Bivvy

From: Steve Hudson
Date: 6 November 2013
Where: Diedrichs Range, Westland. Map reference NZ Topo 50- BV19 504349.
Description: DOC (2)
Access: Approx. 1.5-2 hours walk from Top Toaroha Hut or 2.5-3.5 hours from Poet Hut.
Comments: Basic 2 bunk bivvy. Very dry inside. No heating. Water from nearby tarn.

Top Dingle
Top Dingle

From: David Barnes
Where: Dingle Burn, H?wea Conservation Park
Description: DOC (6)
Access: 3-4 hours from Birchwood Rd, Ahuriri Conservation Park, 4 hours from Cotter's Hut.

Top Hope
Top Hope

From: Steve Hudson
Date: 2011
Where: Lake Sumner Forest Park
Description: DOC (6)
Access: 2 hrs from St Jacobs Hut. 8 hrs from Windy Point car park on SH 7. 6-8hrs from Tutaekuri Hut via Hope Pass.
Comments: Basic hut receiving minimal maintenance. A small hot pool is located slightly up Hot Spring Stream. Grid reference-BU22.299843.

Top Maropea
Top Maropea

From: Dan Elderkamp
Date: October 2011
Where: Ruahine Forest Park
Description: DOC (4)
Access: From Triple X car park on North Block Road, 3.5 hours walking time. From Sunrise Hut, 1 hour (in good weather).
Comments: Very neat, cosy ex-NZFS hut, recently re-painted and done up. Bunks with foam mattresses, fireplace, outside toilet and outside water tank. In lovely, sunny spot. Space for tents. Built in 1958. Awesome views and breathtaking scenery.

Top Toaroha
Top Toaroha

From: Steve Hudson
Date: 5 November 2013
Where: Headwaters of Toaroha River, Westland. Map reference NZ Topo 50- BV19 496361
Description: DOC (6)
Access: Approx. 5-6 hours walk from Cedar Flats Hut or 8-10 hrs from end of Middlebranch Road.
Comments: The hut is a standard 6 bunker and has a wood burner. Water from a small stream nearby, Hut is in excellent condition. Night 2 if doing the Toaroha- Hokitika-Whitcombe Circuit.

Totara Flats
Totara Flats

From: Ian Fisk
Date: July 2004
Where: Waiohine Valley, Tararua Forest Park
Description: DOC (35)
Access: 4 hours from Holdsworth Lodge, 5 hours from Tutuwai Hut.
Comments: A central hut for the Kaitoke to Holdsworth trip (3 days). It was sited under trees at the north-west corner of Totara Flats (largest flat in Tararuas at 2 km by 0.5 km) but was replaced since it was built on unstable gravel. It is now located a few minutes to the north (near the old hut site). It takes about 30 in two separate bunk rooms. The living area has 3 tables, a big wood burner, three double gas burners, plus a separate bench area for preparing your food. There is a covered lean-to with a couple of sinks to do your washing up and ablutions. Have a look at Sayer's Hut over the river.
Picture courtesy of: Neil Richardson.

Trevor Carter
Trevor Carter

From: Steve and Cathy Hudson
Where: Upper Flats of Karamea River, Kahurangi National Park
Description: DOC (12)
Access: 3 hours from Thor Hut via river crossing or 4 hours via sidle and crossing of Kendal Creek. Note that Kendal Creek can be impassable during heavy rain.
Comments: DOC have seperate connected accommodation with this hut.

Triangle
Triangle

From: Neil Richardson
Where: Ruahine Forest Park
Description: DOC (6)
Access: 3/4 hours from Rangiwhahia Hut.
Comments: An easy trip over the tops. Steep descent to hut and steep climb out. 6 bunks.

Trilobite
Trilobite

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 29 December 1996
Where: Cobb Valley, Kahurangi National Park
Description: DOC (14)
Access: 3 hours from Balloon Hut. 5 hours from Fenella Hut. Myttons Hut is less than an hour away.
Comments: Typical road-end hut. Picnic table and barbecue outside.

Triple X
Triple X

From: Neil Richardson
Date: April 2002
Where: Ruahine Forest Park
Description: DOC (16)
Access: 10 minutes from the road end, 3-4 hours to Sunrise Hut.
Comments: Great for overnights before a trip further inland. 6 bunks.

Tutaekuri
Tutaekuri

From: Steve Hudson
Date: 2010
Where: North Westland.
Description: DOC (6)
Access: 3 hrs from Waikiti Downs Station via Ahaura and Tutaekuri Rivers. 6-8hrs from Tutaekuri Hut to Top Hope Hut via Hope Pass.
Comments: Permission required from Waikiti Downs Station (03 738 0609) to access river from road end car park. Good 3 day trip to Lewis Pass. Easy tramping providing the rivers are low

Tutuwai
Tutuwai

From: Ian Fisk
Date: April 1994
Where: Tauherenikau Valley, Tararua Forest Park
Description: DOC (20)
Access: 5 hours from the Kaitoke road end. Historic Cone Hut is an hour further up the valley.
Comments: Set on a bank above a river flat (good camping). Gas stoves and running water. Potbelly stove. Well-built modern hut.

Upper Caples
Upper Caples

From: Kevin Davison
Date: January 2011
Where: Greenstone Conservation Area (Caples Valley): Topo 50 map CB09: E1222454, N5023310
Description: DOC Serviced hut sleeps 12
Access: The Caples track starts at the car park at the end of Greenstone Road, 86km from Queenstown or from Mckellar Hut on the Greenstone track.
Comments: One of two huts on Caples. Hut sits in the middle of a grassed area

Upper Gridiron
Upper Gridiron

From: Dan Elderkamp
Date: Dec 2008
Where: Kahurangi National Park, topomap M27 Mount Arthur
Description: DOC (3)
Access: From Graham Valley Sth Branch road carpark, about 1.5 to 2 hours. From Flora Hut, about 1 to 1.5 hours.
Comments: This is a gem, and a must-see. Very cute, cosy (but cold) little hut built under a rock overhang - one of the hut's walls is the rock face. Bunks with mattresses, small potbelly stove, outside sink bench with water supply, toilet, and the piece de resistance, a very comfortable swing seat suspended from the rock overhang - could sleep one more on this! Can be quite busy on weekends and holidays, but well worth a visit nevertheless. Pop into the Lower Gridiron a bit further on as well - also under a huge rock overhang.

Upper Oreti
Upper Oreti

From: David Barnes
Date: August 2014
Where: Eyre Mountains/ Taka R? Haka Conservation Park
Description: DOC (6)
Access: From Mt Nicholas Rd. 1 hour
Comments: Ex-musterers' hut, visible from road

Upper Travers
Upper Travers

From: Steve McKinlay
Date: September 2004
Where: Travers Valley, Nelson Lakes National Park
Description: DOC (16)
Access: 3 hours from John Tait Hut, 6-9 hours from the West Sabine Hut (across Travers Saddle).
Comments: The original hut has been replaced by a larger hut. The new hut is in the shelter of the trees outside of the avalanche chute from Mt. Travers. Very nice, fully insulated, double glazed with a great new wood burner.

Upper Whirinaki
Upper Whirinaki

From: Dan Elderkamp
Date: June 2008
Where: Whirinaki Forest Park, topomap 260-V18 Whirinaki
Description: DOC (9)
Access: Easiest access is from the Plateau Road carpark, in the Kaingaroa forestry area. Entry into Kaingaroa is from either the Murupara side, or off SH 5 via Pohokura Rd (there are two entry points into this road - use the western one). Use the topomap - there are signposts (marked "Whirinaki Tracks") some distance into the forest, and if these are followed, you shouldn't have a problem. The first one is at GR 175588, at point 792. Be careful though, as it is easy to get lost in the maze of forestry roads and tracks. Walking time 2 to 2.5 hours from carpark, or about 2.5 - 3 hours to/from Central Whirinaki hut.
Comments: Comfortable character-filled 9 bunk hut with foam mattresses, woodburner, water supply and toilet, set in grassy clearing. Can get busy in holidays and long weekends. Wet boots unavoidable, as access is up a stream. Superb tramping though - suggest 2 night tramp via this hut, then Central Whirinaki and back to carpark via the cave.

Venus
Venus

From: Steve and Cathy Hudson
Where: Kahurangi National Park
Description: DOC (12)
Access: 2-3 hours from Crow Hut.
Comments: Standard New Zealand Forestry Service 70s hut design with a modification in the 80s. Top section has 4 bunks and bottom level which is like a second hut has 8 bunks.

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