Piripiri Hut

Ruahine Forest Park

Piripiri Hut is a comfortably spacious 2-bunk hut in the western Ruahine Ranges. Water is from a small creek 20m away. The hut has an open fire, which unfortunately leaves the floor soaked in a downpour. Smaller chimney required?

The hut sits in thick bush on the ridge between two branches of Piripiri creek - about 80m above the creek. The Topo50 map (edition 2009) shows the hut lower on the ridge than its actual position. The hut is reached by following the main (centre) branch of the creek until a slip is reached sporting a large orange DOC triangle below the hut position. Scramble up the slip and pick up a marked track at the top leading to the hut.

Access to the hut up Piripiri creek is tough - very tough if there's much water in the river - the valley is very tight and there are numerous small waterfalls. After rain the entire valleyfloor is river.

Access down from the Ngamoko range is possible even after rain but is very steep.

Key information
Owner: DOC
Basic Hut/Bivvy
Sleeps 2
Open fireplace
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Pohongina base: 6km, 2-4hrs. Riverbed route to Pohongina Rvr, trk. to road. Note: alternative track over Piripiri Stn is private: ADVANCE permission required to use it

Ngamoko Range: 2km, 1-2hrs. Follow centre fork of the Piripiri upriver (true right is good) to the saddle between pt 1045 and pt1350. Rough cut track runs north to meet main ridge at a tarn. Route from there through leatherleaf to summit. From summit track to Ngamoko hut or route along range to Shorts Track and beyond

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 7085

About this hut

Added 18 June 2011 by iangeorgeiangeorge. 2 revisions, most recently 15 November 2011 by madpommadpom.
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