Makino Hut

Kaweka Forest Park

Makino Hut (sleeps 6, stove, firewood available, tank water) sits above the deep Makino and Mohaka valleys. The hut lies on the boundary between the open, mature beech to the south and east, and the manuka of the Makino and Mohaka valleys to the north and west.

The sika deer in the area are famed for the good quality of heads, but hunting is almost entirely bush-stalking, with no clear tops near the hut.

A track drops to the Mohaka valley and Te Puia Lodge, where the Mangatainoka hot springs are worth a visit. The track south to the Kaweka tops makes a good return day walk, or a full day crossing of the length of the Kawekas to Kiwi Saddle, Back Ridge or the closer Studholme Saddle. A round trip is also possible from the Mangatutu road via Middle Hill Hut and the southern Kaweka tops.

Mangatainoka Hot Springs • By touristiko.
Key information
Owner: DOC
Standard Hut
Sleeps 6
Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Mangatutu Road saddle (U20 090178): 6.5km (1.5 - 3 hours) well maintained track

Te Puia Lodge: 4km (1-2.5 hours) track, 500m climb/descent

Whatu Peak / Kaweka tops: 8km (2-4 hours) track

Middle Hill Hut (via bush track): 8km (6-8 hours) poorly maintained track, slow going

Middle Hill Hut (via tops): 12km (3-6 hours) track and poled route

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 1710

About this hut

Added 27 January 2007 by madpommadpom. 4 revisions, most recently 5 July 2012 by madpommadpom.
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