Diane's Hut

Ruahine Forest Park

Diane's Hut (sleeps 6, wood burning stove, firewood available in locality, stream water) is located on a stony bench just above the Koau Stream. The valley sides are canyonous, and the hut at first glance makes for a cold, dark spot to spend the night. However, first impressions are deceiving: the hut recieves morning light, and the best wood-burning stove I have yet to meet more than does the job of heating the place. Water is available from the main river about 50m from the hut, where a deep pool also provides good batheing.

The hut was built in the 1970's as a memorial to its namesake, Diane - a keen hunter who died in her late teens. The story of her life and of the hut is presented in the hut, and makes for an interesting read.

Key information
Owner: DOC
Standard Hut
Sleeps 6
Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
No Mans Road (278220,617860): 2km (30 mins-1 hour). Track descend s steeply from road, then travels 500m up the streambed. Triangles mark exit on north of stream.

Comet Roadend / hut(278770,618300): 12km (5-10 hours). A marked track crosses two ranges and fords the Taruarau River - expect big climbs

Taruarau Biv: 2km (1-2 hours) steep track

Shutes Hut: 5.5km (2-4 hours) (on the track from Comet)

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 1636

About this hut

Added 7 January 2007 by madpommadpom. 2 revisions, most recently 7 January 2007 by madpommadpom.
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