North Mangahao Bivouac

Tararua Forest Park

A tidy, well maintained dog-box bivouac in the northern Tararuas. Unlike some of it's Ruahine counterparts, the biv is tall enough to sit up in comfortably. Sleeps 2-3 on the floor (2 mattresses). Features a window, walls lined with building paper, creek water. There's also a tarp and a system of ropes to string it out as a covered extension on the gravel area in front of the biv.

Access (and the exact location) are the two big questions people have. There is a cut (but unmarked) track ascending from Korokpiko road, but it crosses private land and permission is required. About 1 in 4 people come from the other end: Scott's Road on the Palmerston side of the range. See related info for a description of this route.

NOTE: the new topo50 maps have to biv location wrong. The actual grid ref (from DOC) is BN34, E1820790, N5508771 - approximately 1km east an a little north of its marked location. The biv is on the ridge which runs due east from pt 705.

North Mangahao Biv • By madpom. Licence: cc by.
Key information
Owner: DOC
Basic Hut/Bivvy
Sleeps 2
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Koropiko Road. 1-2hrs. Cut but unmarked track. Can someone confirm the exact start point?

Scotts Road (Palmerston Nth): 3-5hrs. 4km on forestry roads to park boundary. Then cut track - hard to follow in places. See related items for a description.

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 5431

About this hut

Added 13 May 2010 by madpommadpom. 1 revision 6 November 2011 by madpommadpom.
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