Sutherlands Hut

Aorangi Forest Park

Sutherlands Hut is a 7 bunk hut on the 4wd Sutherlands Road in the Haurangi Forest Park. It sits in grassy clearings on the Turanganui River flats, in an area previously logged and now regenerating scrub / bush.

The hut is the earliest in the park, dating from 1951 - and the most substantial. There's a separate kitchen with a walk-through into the dining area and bunk room. A second room is empty. Open fire, water tank, and sinks.

This is a weathertight hut, but does not get well looked after by users.

Easiest route into the hut from the west is via the river.

Tough ridgeline route from forks 1km downriver to Te Maunga summit and Tauanui Hut is possible with good navigational skills.

Sutherlands Hut • By madpom. Licence: cc by.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Standard Hut
Sleeps
Sleeps 7
7
Facilities
Toilet, Open fireplace
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Haurangi Roadend (Waikuku Lodge). 4km. 4wd track. Locked gate 2km beyond

Te Kopi (Pinnacles carpark): 18km (3.5-6hrs) 4WD track. Mountainbikes permitted. Motorbikes / ATV with permission

Washpool / Pararaki Huts: 8km. 3km climb on 4wd track to the summit, well-marked route follows ridgeline to meet the Washpool - Pararaki track half-way between huts. Turnoff marked with tape

Whakatomotomo Roadend: 8km, 2.5-5hrs, river/old roadbed. Good going on marginal strip.

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
220m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BQ33
Map
ID 5531

About this hut

Added 17 June 2010 by madpommadpom. 2 revisions, most recently 21 February 2012 by madpommadpom.
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