Nikau Flat Hut

Waioeka Conservation Area

Nikau Flat hut: a 6 bunk forestry-style hut in a grassy clearing beside the Wioweka River.

This is a comfortable hut with 6 bunks, a woodburner and tank water. The river, 20m from the hut, has good swimming holes. Driftwood from the riverbed makes great firewood.

One of the highlights of the walk in is the area of bush to the north of the hut which has an almost continuous sub-storey of Nikau Palms beneath the main podocarp canopy.

This hut is part of a through tramp from Moanui Road to Redpath Road, both accessed of SH2 north of Gisborne. This is a half-tracked, half riverbed walk down the Wioweka river. In low-normal flows this is easy going, with crossings mainly knee- to waist-deep. A great summer trip with good swimming holes by all huts.

Alternatively it can be reached as an easy overnighter from the Redpath road along an easy, platformed pack-track. This track crosses private land and permission may be required for dogs/firearms.

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
Moanui Rd (via Tawa Hut): Here -> Koronga Forks Hut (riverbed, 6km, 2-6hrs) -> Tawa Hut (riverbed, 9km, 3-6hrs) -> Moanui Rd (track, 7km, 2.5-5hrs)

Moanui Rd: Here -> Koranga Forks Hut (riverbed, 6km, 2-6hrs) -> Moanui Rd (track, 6km, 2-3hrs)

Redpath Rd: Here -> park boundary (4km, 1-2hrs, track) -> Redpath Rd (4km, 1hr, 4wd)

Kotepato Hut: Here -> park boundary (4km, 1-2hrs, track) -> Kotepato Hut (track, 1km, 30 mins)

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
250m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BF41
Link
www.doc.govt.nz/p...http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-stay/backcountry-huts-by-region/east-coast/te-urewera/nikau-flat-hut/
Map
ID 7098

About this hut

Added 18 June 2011 by iangeorgeiangeorge. 3 revisions, most recently 23 January 2013 by madpommadpom.
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