Cattle Creek Hut

Ruahine Forest Park

On river flats in the upper reaches of Cattle Creek lies Cattle Creek Hut (6 beds, wood-burning stove, firewood available in locality, tank water).

The hut lies about 200m (15 mins) below the ridgeline upon which the Tamaki West/Smithfield Hut to Makaretu track runs, so makes for a warming climb out in the morning! But a lovely, ocmfortable hut makes it all worthwhile.

Cattle Creek valley also provides access down to the Pohongina River and Mid Pohongina Hut.

Supposedly, the name of the creek comes from the fact that cattle farmers in the Dannevirke region used to drive cattle over the Ruahines via cattle creek and the Pohongina to reach markets in Palmerston. Think of that as you pick your way over boulders downstream!

Cattle Creek Hut • By mantis. Licence: C.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Standard Hut
Sleeps
Sleeps 6
6
Facilities
Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Tamaki West roadend (276820,611620): 9km track / river route(4-8 hours).

Standfield Hut: 4km (2-4 hours) track

Mid Pohongina Hut: 4km (2-4 hours) river route

Makaretu Hut: 11km (5-10 hours) track with river xings

Longview Hut: 20km (8-16 hours) track with river xings

Leon Kirvig Hut: 13km (time unknown) track with river xings

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
600m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BL36
Map
ID 1622

About this hut

Added 7 January 2007 by madpommadpom. 1 revision 4 April 2017 by MatthewMatthew.
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