McKinnon Hut

Ruahine Forest Park

Start with a novelty cable car ride across the river and then straight in to a hard uphill slog. Track is very very poor. Very over grown, lots of downed trees. Route across the tops is poled and easy to follow, until you get to the '20 minute' sign. You can see the hut below, on a good day. Would be very hard to find when visibility is low. Not many poles leading off the ridge to the hut. Great views from the tops, and you can see across to the Waipawa saddle from the hut. Posted time of 4 hours is realistic in good conditions and good fitness. Budget 5 hours in rain, 5+ in snow. Overall a challenging walk but rewarding at the end of the day.

And then it turned cold and windy • By bigpaul. Licence: cc by.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Standard Hut
Sleeps
Sleeps 6
6
Facilities
None
Water supply
No water
Getting there
Getting there
Rangitane Road-end. See DOC link.
Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BK36
Link
www.doc.govt.nz/p...http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-stay/backcountry-huts-by-region/manawatu-whanganui/manawatu/mckinnon-hut/
Map
ID 7084

About this hut

Added 18 June 2011 by iangeorgeiangeorge. 2 revisions, most recently 19 October 2011 by chevroluxchevrolux.
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