Neill Forks Hut

Tararua Forest Park

Hidden away and camouflaged in green and orange. 6 bunks with mattresses. Water from river. The fireplace is OK. Photo taken from helicopter landing clearing nearby. The Hector River is worth a side-trip up or downstream.

The hut now also boasts a new porch (the iron on which is rusting already), and a wood-burner instead of the cavernous fireplace and chimney down which river-spray used to waft.

The hut is maintained by the Wairarapa branch of the NZDA. They recently completed a repainting.

Some Routes to/from include Over Cone ridge and down to the Cone saddle and out to the Waiohine Gorge road end. About a 5-6 hour tramp.

Up to Neill and then along the Neill-Whinchcombe track to the bush line on Neill. The route up to the top of Neill is an old NZFS track, no longer maintained. Easy to follow uphill, not so easy descending. Route to Mt Hector though the tussock is unmarked

Approach to Neil Forks hut • By monkeysh1ne. Licence: cc by.
Key information
Owner: DOC
Standard Hut
Sleeps 6
Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Natural water source
Getting there
Getting there
6-7 hours from Tutuwai Hut via Cone.

7 hours from the Mt. Holdsworth road end via Totara Flats and Cone Ridge.

5-6 hours from Waiohine roadend, to Cone saddle, Cone Ridge.

2-3 hours from Maungahuka hut over Consertina Knob. much longer going uphill to M/huka.

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 1179

About this hut

Added 12 December 2005 by ianfiskianfisk. 5 revisions, most recently 26 July 2014 by TararuaHunterTararuaHunter.
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