Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Lodge

Ruahine Forest Park

Heritage lodge (sleeps 8, tank water, wood stove) is a modern (2007) tramping hut in the Ruahine Ranges. It was built by the NZDA with money from the family of Alice Nash - hence the name.

The building has 2 sections, only one of which is open to the public (the other is for NZDA members only). The public section sleeps 8 on two platforms, and is nicely finished: tongue and groove walls instead of the usual three-ply, and a generous veranda, for example. DOC hut passes / tickets are accepted, as are cheques /cash to NZDA.

Though the area is forested, dry firewood is hard to find.

Overlooking the bush-clad Oroua, it's a pleasant view, but not the most exciting spot for a hut. However the very easy access makes it a good one for young kids, or for a night time walk in and early start to elsewhere. A 2-day loop to Iron Gate via the Tunupo tops and the Oroua valley is possible from the hut.

Alice Nash Memorial Lodge • By bigpaul.
Key information
Owner: NZDA
Standard Hut
Sleeps 8
Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Table Top Road, Apiti (NZMG 2766800,6133800): 20-40 mins, old logging road, river is bridged.

Iron Gate Hut: 2-4 hours, well-maintained, well marked tramping track sidling the Oroua Valley. 2 steep sections.

Access also available to the Ruahine tops via Tunupo Trig on ridge-track from the hut.

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

Fees are $5 per person, children free. Payment at the hut by DOC hut ticket or Annual Hut Pass, or by cheque to the Manawatu NZ Deerstalkers Association.

Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 4096

About this hut

Added 15 June 2009 by madpommadpom. 4 revisions, most recently 3 April 2017 by matthewmatthew.
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