Staircase Hut (Waianakarua)

Staircase Hut (6 bunks, open fire, tank water, firewood available) is a rarely visited hut in the Waianakarua Scenic Reserve. It lies at the head of 'the staircase' - a stepped ridgeline dropping to the south fork of the Middle Branch of the Waianakarua. The hut lies at the top of a native gully in an area otherwise almost exclusively covered by manuka. Above the hut the ridgeline breaks out onto tussock tops as it ascends to Mt Fortune.

The hut is reglarly visited by a handfull of regular hunters, but gets less than a dozen visits per year. They have the hut well equipped with almost everything you can imagine. Only 2 entries from trampers were in the book when I visited (and the book goes back to 1987).

Bunks are stacked 3 high, so don't sit up in the night. Must frequent comments in the hut book tally the number of mice caught, and methods of stopping the fire from smoking.

Staircase Hut (Waianakarua) • By madpom.
Key information
Owner: NZDA
Basic Hut/Bivvy
Sleeps 6
Toilet, Open fireplace
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Mt Misery Road, off SH1 (2230600,5548400): Well maintained track drops to the Mid Wainakarua. Another marked track starts 300m upstream on the true right leading to the hut. Track follows manuka ridgeline with glimpses of Wainakarua Valley & the coast. 2.5-5hrs

Razorback Road/off SH85(2327400,5538900): From woolshed/yards: Private 4wd track 2.5km to Mt Fortune then 2.5km along tussock ridgeline to hut. Permission reqd: Murray Jones, Dunback.

Table Top: details unknown ...

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access

This is a privately owned hut, please contact the Palmerston branch of the NZ Deerstalkers Association for use.

Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 3538

About this hut

Added 15 March 2009 by madpommadpom. 3 revisions, most recently 3 April 2017 by matthewmatthew.
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