Mid Wairoa Hut

Mount Richmond Forest Park

Mid Wairoa Hut (6 bunks, matresses, tank & river water, stove) sits on flats 20m above the Left Branch of the Wairoa River. The river has good swimming holes, and but for the sandflies this would make a very pleasent spot for the night. A lovely dressed timber forestry hut.

When I visited in 2007 the grass clearing outside was a post-pig-rooting disaster area, effectively ploughed. Following bridge work, DOC had kindly left a large stack of cut wood on the opposite side of the swingbridge to the hut: maybe we must carry one log each to pay our passage?

The Hut is easily reached as an overnight walk up the Wairoa from the Wairoa Gorge Road, and also may be a useful resting place for those heading further upstream to the Top Wairoa Hut over Mt Ellis or to the Red Hills. A circuit up the river from the Wairoa Gorge roadend and back via Tarn Hut and the Lee River also appears possible, though some walking on forestry roads or car shuffling would be required.

Waterfall, Wairoa left branch. • By madpom.
Key information
Owner: DOC
Standard Hut
Sleeps 6
Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Wairoa Gorge Road roadend (N28 186680): 10km. 4WD track then cut track up river.

Tarn Hut: 6.5km, 2-4 hours. Cut track, bridge over river (some windfall as far as ridge, good beyond. March 2007)

Lower Goulter Hut: 10.5km. Track.

Top Wairoa Hut: 7km, 3 hours. Well maintained sidle track with 8 river crossings.

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 1863

About this hut

Added 25 April 2007 by madpommadpom. 2 revisions, most recently 21 May 2015 by iangeorgeiangeorge.
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