Crow Hut (Ruahine Ranges)

Ruahine Forest Park

Crow Hut (6 bunk, Pioneer stove, river water) is a standard forestry hut in the western Ruahine Ranges. The hut is on a small flat about 10m above the Kawhatau River on the true left. The hut flat is hewn out of the usual unburnable Ruahine scrub, but the faces above are beech so you can at least get a warm fire going.

Whilst the hut is only 6km upriver from Kawhatau Base, usual access from Kawhatau is over either the Hikurangi of Mokai Patea tops. A swingbridge (yes one of those you love so much with nothing but the hand-wires to stop you falling off the side) crosses the river at the hut providing high-water access to both ranges.

Note that when heading to Wakelings or the Mokai Patea, your are kindly provided with a swingbridge, but then expected to sidle through the river to get round a bluff before making your ascent.

Crow Hut from the Mokai Patea • By madpom. Licence: C.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Standard Hut
Sleeps
Sleeps 6
6
Facilities
Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Kawhatau Base (via Hikurangi Range): 4.5km, 800m climb/descent (2.5-5 hrs) Tracks, cableway over river at Kawhatau Base

Kawhatau Base (via Mokai Patea): 13km (time unknown), 800m climb/descent. Long exposed route over Mokai Patea tops. Tracks on ascent / descent.

McKinnon Hut: 2.5km (time unknown). River route 1km upriver then track to ridge.

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
800m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BK36
Map
ID 4125

About this hut

Added 21 June 2009 by madpommadpom. 4 revisions, most recently 21 June 2009 by madpommadpom.
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