Iron Gate Hut

Ruahine Forest Park

Iron Gate Hut (sleeps 8, stove, stream water) sits on the beech-forested banks of the Oroua River. It's a comfortable hut, with two sleeping platforms, a large table, benches and all you'd expect. The hut is old, but has recently been relined and is in tidy condition. The only (minor) let-down is the small stove, which takes a long time to heat the hut on a cold night, and even longer to cut wood small enough to fit!

From the hut down-river there's a good sidle track to Heritage (I mean well maintained: it does all the usual sidle track nonsense - unexplained climbs and falls, the lot), though the river-bed provides faster travel if the water's low and the day's warm.

Upriver a track climbs over a knob before descending back to the creek, followed by river travel all the way to Triangle. The river route is also possible if you don't want the climb.

A 2-day loop trip via the sidle track one way and the Tunupo tops the other is possible from Heritage.

Iron Gate Hut • By mantis. Licence: C.
Key information
Owner: DOC
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): Road -> Heritage Lodge (2km, 20-40 mins, old roadbed) -> Iron Gate Hut (6km, 2-4 hours, sidle track: crosses Tunupo Crk, but should be possible in all but extreme rainfall).

Heritage via Tunupo (1 day): Heritage Lodge -> Tunupo Trig (5km, track) -> Otumore (4km, route over tussock tops) -> Iron Gate Hut (4km, track).

Triangle Hut: 3.5km (time unknown), track / riverbed route.

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 4105

About this hut

Added 15 June 2009 by madpommadpom. No revisions.
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