Top Wairoa Hut

Mount Richmond Forest Park

Top Wairoa hut (6 bunks, matresses, fire - limited scrubby firewood, river water) huddles amidst Manuka scrub above the north forks of the Wairoa River (left branch). It's a pleasent ex-forestry hut, and very welcome in the torrential rain in which I arrived. In wet weather a stream runs just behind the hut, but on dry days it may be necessary to descend 60m to the Wairoa for water.

The hut is linked by a good sidle track from Mid Wairoa Hut - though the ascent from the forks to the hut is not obvious: climb the scree to the ridge between the 2 rivers immediately above to forks. A good cut track leads over Mt Ellis to the Motueka River (left branch). For many parties, however, this is a base to explore the Red Hills to the south. This is an area of intense red and extremely abrasive rock, apparently a pile of boulders heaped into a range with no sign of bedrock beneath. A very different environment to the Richmond Ranges, and worth a visit - rough scrambling is involved.

Ascent to Red Hill / Ellis Peak from Top Wairoa. • By madpom.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Standard Hut
Sleeps
Sleeps 6
6
Facilities
Toilet, Open fireplace
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Wairoa Gorge Road: 17km. Track. 8 river crossings

Mid Wairoa Hut: 7km, 3 hours. Good sidle track with 8 river crossings

Hunters Hut: 10.5km. Track.

Right Branch Wairoa Hut: 9.5km. Track

Red Hills Hut: 21km, 8-14hrs. Alpine route over Red Hill to pt1749. The two small peaks south of Red Hill to pt1770 are very hard going, but easily avoided by dropping into hanging valley on west of ridge. A good broad ridge runs from pt1749 south to Red Hills Hut.

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
800m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BR25
Map 
ID 1865

About this hut

Added 25 April 2007 by madpommadpom. 1 revision 21 May 2015 by iangeorgeiangeorge.
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