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Waihaha
Waihaha

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: March 2005
Where: Pureora Forest Park - map T18 Kuratau, central North Island
Description: DOC (10)
Access: From Waihaha bridge across SH32, approx. 2.5 - 3 hours easy walking along the Waihaha river. About 7 - 8 hours to/from Bog-Inn hut. About 1 hour to Mangatu Stream. 6 - 7 hours to Hauhungaroa hut
Comments: Nice, easy walk along the Waihaha river - some beaut pools along the way - great swimming in summer. Hut situated in clearing next to the river - nice pool as well. Abundant birdlife. Situated at junction with main Hauhungaroa track. Individual bunks for 10, with room on the deck (sheltered porch) plus plenty of camping space. Woodburner and water tank, with inside tap/sink bench. Popular with mountain bikers and hunters. Stunning forest around hut - amazing trees. Nice roomy hut, with a good atmosphere.

Waiharuru
Waiharuru

From: Steve Hudson
Date: July 2011
Where: Te Urewera National Park
Description: DOC (40), Great Walk Hut
Access: 3-3.5 hrs from Hopuruahine Landing, 2 hrs from Marauiti Hut
Comments: Actually two huts, one for accommodation and one for cooking/dining. A separate camping area is slightly away from the hut with cooking shelter and water. If you are lucky, North Island Brown Kiwi may be heard during the night as the hut is close to a fenced off peninsula of the Puketukutuku Range which contains the Kiwi. As a great walk, separate great walk hut or camping passes are required all year round.

Waihohonu
Waihohonu

From: Kevin Davison
Date: January 2011
Where: Tongariro National Park: Topo 50 map BJ35: E1831343, N5656647
Description: DOC Great Walk hut sleeps 28
Access: 3 hours from Oturere Hut on the Tongariro Northern Crossing
Comments: Great Walk Hut (needs dated hut ticket in advance). Camping areas across the stream (about 80 metres from the hut).
Also see Waihohonu Hut on 8 April 1998.

Waikuku
Waikuku

From: Neil Richardson
Where: Haurangi Forest park.
Description: DOC
Access: Road access in northern end of park.
Comments: Ideal for family groups or to use as a base. Was an old farm homestead. Locked and needs to be booked at the Masterton DOC office.

Waingongoro
Waingongoro

From: Kevin Davidson
Date: 30/12/13
Where: Egmont National Park
Description: DOC 16 Bunk Serviced hut
Access: 1.5hrs from Dawson Falls.
Comments: Easy overnight trip for new trampers and families. Nearby is the highest swing bridge in the park. Also can be part of the round the mountain circuit.

Waiopehu
Waiopehu

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 13 November 1995
Where: below Waiopehu, Tararua Forest Park
Description: LWTC (18)
Access: 4.5 hours from Gladstone Road, 3.5 hours from Te Matawai Hut.
Comments: Great hut and views but very cold. No gas cookers but that is no biggy but the Hut definitely needs a gas fire. If you get wet, there is no way to dry yourself or your clothes. A good hut for the summer. The old Waiopehu Hut was located under the bushline with no views, in stark contrast to the new hut with its grand vista.
Picture courtesy of: Richard & Judy Woolley

Waiopaoa
Waiopaoa

From: Mat Avery
Where: Waikaremoana Great Walk, Te Urewera National Park, East Coast/Hawkes Bay.
Description: DOC (30)
Access: By boat/kayak, or 3-4 hours walk from Panekiri Hut (clockwise) or 5 hours walk from Marauiti Hut.
Comments: Two sleeping areas with sleeping platforms reduce the chances of bunking down with a snorer! The hut has a wood burner that warms the whole hut to "tropical" standards. From Panekiri Hut the track drops steeply to rolling valleys and a very different forest. Watch for the change in birdlife also. From Marauiti Hut the track climbs over Whakaneke Ridge and then stays close to the shore. Just after crossing the Korokoro Suspension Bridge a side track leads to Korokoro Falls (approx. 30mins). The track then heads through kanuka forest before coming across the hut.

Waipakihi
Waipakihi

From: David Haydock
Where: Kaimanawa Forest Park
Description: DOC (12)
Access: Access is from Rangipo Power Station access road off the Desert Road. A 5-6 hour walk in over Umukarikari. Steep climb up through the bush to the tussock and scrub before giving way to shingle rounded tops, then a long gradual descent on an open ridge.
Comments: The hut has a very effective coal range for this sort of weather. A popular spot for hunting from or further exploration of the inner Kaimanawa's.

Waitaheta
Waitaheta

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: 19 February 2005
Where: Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park
Description: DOC (26)
Access: From SH2 in the Karangahake Gorge near Waikino turn into Waitawheta Road, into Franklin Road. From road end 3.5 hours walk and 6 river crossings (not difficult under normal flow) up Waitawheta tramline track, easy gradient. Makes good introduction to river crossings and overnight tramps for beginners. Alternative access or exit from/to end of Woodside road, 4.5 hours, or from Wairongomai rd (Te Aroha) 6 hours.
Comments: Large, brand new hut, two bunk rooms with sleeping platforms/mattresses and warden's accommodation. Woodburner, water supply, two toilets (state of the art!) and short tracks with signs informing about the logging history of the site. Swimming holes in river nearby. Plenty space for camping, or sleeping on decks if the hut is full. Great staging post for further tramps into the park, or as a stop on the North/South track.

Waitewaewae
Waitewaewae

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 29 March 1997
Where: Otaki River, Tararua Forest Park
Description: HVTC (16)
Access: 4 hours from Otaki Forks and 4 hours from Anderson Memorial Hut or Nichol Hut (steep descent!).
Comments: The first architect-designed hut in the park - built to show good use of hut fees. Big windows make good use of any available light. Hot potbelly stove, 2 sleeping platforms, 16 mattresses. The last (or first) hut on the exciting circuit to the Tararua Peaks from Otaki Forks.

Wildlife or Cowan Block
Wildlife or Cowan Block

From: Kevin Davison
Date: May 2011
Where: Pureora forest (North): Topo 50 map BF34: E1814111, N5749576
Description: DOC Basic hut sleeps 4
Access: Otewa Road from Otorhanga. Turn right into Waimahora Rd. Road becomes Owawenga Rd. Road? continues past Rangitoto farm but is a farm track. Does have 4 wheel drive access to hut but there may be locked gates. Track to hut goes off to the right.
Comments: Easy walk to hut but not an exciting walk.

West Sabine
West Sabine

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 12 May 1996
Where: West Sabine Valley, Nelson Lakes National Park
Description: DOC (32)
Access: 6-9 hours from Upper Travers Hut via the Travers Saddle. 5 hours from Sabine Hut. 3-4 hours down from Blue Lake Hut.
Comments: A welcome stop after the hard drop from Travers Saddle. A sheltered location tucked under trees near the river.

West Harper
West Harper

From: Barry Flamank
Date: Dec 2009
Where: Craigieburn Forest Park
Description: Basic 4 bunk hut
Access: West Harper Hut is about half way (2 hours from either) between Lagoon Saddle and Hamilton Hut on the Cass/ Lagoon Saddle Circuit. Located on the true right in a small clearing next to the Harper River.
Comments: This old hut has become quite dilapidated with time. Dirt floor with hessian bunks. Not an ideal place to stay except maybe when travel upstream becomes impassable. Comfort levels low but character levels high.

Whakapapaiti
Whakapapaiti

From: Neil Richardson
Where: Tongariro National Park
Description: DOC (20)
Access: 1 1/2 hours from Bruce Road or 2 1/2 hours from visitors Centre.
Comments: Makes a nice weekend round trip. Sleeps approximately 20 and gas.

Whanganui
Whanganui

From: Mat Avery
Where: Waikaremoana Great Walk, Te Urewera National Park, East Coast/Hawkes Bay.
Description: DOC (18)
Access: By boat/kayak, or 3-4 hours walk from Marauiti Hut (clockwise) or 45 minutes walk from the water taxi pick-up (or 2 hours from the track end).
Comments: The hut has a gas heater which is notorious for not working. From Marauiti Hut the track runs parallel to the lakeshore before rising over the neck of the Puketukutuku Peninsula, then down towards the Whanganui arm of the lake. From here the track follows the shore to Whanganui Hut. From The water taxi pick-up/drop-off it is an easy 45 minute walk close to the lake shore to the hut.

Whariwharangi
Whariwharangi Hut

From: David Barnes
Date: November 2010
Where: Abel Tasman National Park
Description: DOC (20)
Access: On the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, 1.5 hours from Wainui Inlet or 3 hours from Totaranui.
Comments: Restored 19th century farmhouse on the often-neglected but stunning northern sector of the track. Bookings required.

Yankee River
Yankee River

From: Dan Elderkamp
Date: Jan 2012
Where: Rakiura National Park, Stewart Island
Description: DOC (16)
Access: From Christmas Village hut, about 7 hours on a reasonable undulating track, mostly in bush. One small beach (Lucky Beach) on the way, mostly rocks and boulders, but a good place for lunch. Keep a look out for kiwi, kaka and kakariki on the way. This is one of the longer days on the NW circuit.
Comments: Nice hut with good atmosphere, set on the true right bank of the Yankee River, near the mouth. Great location, quite sheltered, with some nice swimming holes in the river nearby for that by now urgently needed wash! Two bunkrooms, one on either side of the kitchen/common area, with woodburner, inside water supply and sink bench. Toilet outside. Similar in design to Bungaree hut. Kiwi are apparently seen around the hut quite frequently. Sandflies can be a problem! Beach a minute's walk away, mostly rocky and bouldery. Northernmost hut on the circuit.

Yellow
Yellow

From: David Barnes
Date: 3 June 2007
Where: Silver Peaks Scenic Reserve, Otago.
Description: DOC (2)
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: Basic hut scheduled for removal by DoC a couple of years ago but still there (Sep 2008). No nearby water.

Zekes
Yellow

From: Steve Hudson
Date: May 2011
Where: Hihitahi Scenic Reserve
Description: DOC (4)
Access: 2.5 -3 hrs from SH 1 approximately 15 minutes north of Taihape.
Comments: Follow poled route from SH-1 over farm land to a swing bridge. After crossing, follow the fence line to where the bush starts. The track is high up to your left marked by the standard orange triangle. Once in the bush the track climbs steeply till leveling out and follows the ridge past towering Mountain Cedar and a trig point. Shortly after it decends to the cosy hut. Kiwi normally heard at night. Wood burner and tank water. Consider parking elsewhere for over night trips. Easy tramping.
 

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