Upper Matakuhia Hut

Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park, Waipunga Forest

  • 4 hr – 8 hr return via same track
  • Easy

An ideal easy overnight trip or can be done as a day trip

Upper Matakuhia • By tonyg. Licence: cc by.
Key information
Walking time
1 – 2 days
4 hr – 8 hr
Distance
14.5km
Type
Return via same track
Return via same track
Grade
Easy
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Matakuhia Saddle, off Pine Milling Rd
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Ends
Matakuhia Saddle, off Pine Milling Rd
Maps
NZTopo50-BH38
Altitude
700m – 950m
Altitude change 250m
More information

This hut was recently rediscovered by DOC after it managed to drop off their database somehow. They have done some improvements to the hut and have recut the track into it.

Matakuhia • By tonyg. Licence: cc by.

Start from the old Matahuhia Saddle Hut site. This is on a side road off Pine Milling Rd. The last little bit of road is quite rough but should be negotiable by car. Park next to the remains of the foundations of the old hut.

You can get to Pine Milling Rd via Minginui but it is shorter to come through Kaingaroa Forest, though you will need a permit to do this.

The track begins by dropping down from the Saddle into the Matakuhia Valley along quite a nicely graded track. Soon after arriving at the stream the track crosses the stream on an old log and then continues down the true left bank.

The Upper Matakuhia Hut sits in a sunny clearing and is an extremely pleasant place to spend a sunny afternoon.

You can continue down stream to the Lower Matakuhia Hut but the track is overgrown so it is rougher going.

Map
ID 2969

About this track

Added 21 May 2008 by pmckepmcke. 3 revisions, most recently 28 November 2012 by pmckepmcke.
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