Taurawharona Hut

Te Urewera

Situated in a football-pitch sized paddock above the Waikare River, Taurawharona is a typical Urewera hut. In reasonable condition, but full of the usual political / racial / anti-DOC abuse that goes with this area.

The N-S track between Tawhana and Maungapohatu is well maintained and well used. Traffic on this accounts for the majority of the users of the hut, much of them on horseback. The river crossing just north of the hut is knee-thigh-deep in normal flows, and could be tricky after heavy rain.

A track, not marked on maps, drops from the NW end of the paddock to the Waikare River, for those heading downstream to Otanetea. Modern DOC triangles then mark a route down the riverbed (why mark it? In case we follow the wrong river?) but an older permolat track seems to side the TL for much of the route.

Taurawharona Hut • By madpom. 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
Muruapara-Napier Rd: 17km, Cut Marked Track.

Tauranga Valley Roadend: 17km, cut, marked track. Via Te Panaaa Hut (7km), and Te Purewa Hut (+5km)

Otanetea Hut: 6km, 2-4hrs, riverbed route / track. Track drops NW to river, then riverbed route downstream. Knee-thigh deep in normal flows, 30+ crossings. Or pick up old sidle-track (TL) / deer trails (TR) higher on the face to avoid the river.

Makomako Hut: 7km, cut tracks, 1.5-3hrs via Paetawa Trk & 6 Ft Track.

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
360m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BG40
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/taurawharona-hut/
Map
ID 7120

About this hut

Added 19 June 2011 by iangeorgeiangeorge. 2 revisions, most recently 9 October 2012 by madpommadpom.
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