Shutes Hut

Ruahine Forest Park

Set in a large clearing, this 1920’s stone-built hut is the best of the Ruahines. Built and inhabited for many years by Alex Shute, it still contains the original visitor’s book. All woodwork and furniture are rough-hewn from local timber, and a large, stone fireplace dominates the far wall. Only the corrugated iron roof is imported.

From the hut a good track ascends to the scrubline heading for Taruarau Biv and Diane's Hut. Once on the tops the route becomes less obvious amongst the scrub and clay-pan more typical of the kawekas, and is marked by occasional cairns.

Heading North the track drops to the beautiful flats of the Taruarau River wher you're liekly to spot trout. The track fords the river before climbing to the roadend at Comet Hut.

A track also leads to Ruahine Hut.

Shutes Hut • By bigpaul. Licence: cc by.
Key information
Owner: DOC
Standard Hut
Sleeps 4
Toilet, Open fireplace
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
-Comet Roadend / hut (278770,618300):6km, 2-3 hours, track, 1 river crossing. Expect a big climb.

-Ruahine Hut / No Mans Road: 10km, track

-No Mans Road (278220,617860): -> Diane Hut (5.5km, 2-4 hrs) -> No Mans Road (2km, 1-2 hrs). Expect 2 big climbs.

Note that permits are required to access No Mans Road via Big Hill Station and permission/fee from Maori Land at the end and permission from Kereru Station to access via Dead Dog///Herricks huts. See DOC link for details.

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 3966

About this hut

Added 13 May 2009 by madpommadpom. 2 revisions, most recently 16 December 2011 by bigpaulbigpaul.
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