Kiwi Mouth Hut

Kaweka Forest Park

Kiwi Mouth Hut sits on grassy flats / clearing beside Kiwi Creek shortly before it enters the Ngaruroro. It's a 1960's forestry style hut with 4 bunks down one side and an open fireplace on the other. As with most Kaweka huts there's a chopper pad outside and it guaranteed to be full of hunters during the Sika roar. That aside it seems to receive a handful of visitors each month. On top of the hunting, the Ngaruroa offers good fishing opportunities. A swingbridge across the river gives easy access to both valleysides.

That said, the slopes and upriver banks here are covered with dense manuka and terrible going off-track. To Rocks Ahead you're faster climbing to Back Ridge first. Down river to Camerons is not so bad, but tough all the same - easier when riverbed travel is possible. Access via Kiwi Saddle Hut involves either a steep drop down clay pans to Kiwi Stream requiring care in wet conditions, or the equally tricky 'high route' - approach with caution when wet.

Kiwi Mouth Hut • By pmcke.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Standard Hut
Sleeps
Sleeps 4
4
Facilities
Toilet, Open fireplace
Water supply
Natural water source
Kiwi Stream - 30m from hut door
Getting there
Getting there
Kuripapango, Napier-Taihape road (279710,619700): -> Kiwi Saddle Hut 4km (2-3 hrs, river route / track) -> roadend (7km, 2-4 hours, track)

Kuirpapango via Camerons Hut: -> Camerons Hut (9km, 5-9 hours, riverbed route) -> carpark (8km)

Lakes carpark (280000,620000) via Kiwi Saddle (see Kiwi Saddle hut)

Manson Hut: 5km (time unknown)

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
600m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage Zero with 2degrees
Maps
NZTopo50-BJ37
Map
ID 3967

About this hut

Added 13 May 2009 by madpommadpom. 4 revisions, most recently 8 June 2014 by hutchkhutchk.
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