Waiorongomai Hut

Rimutaka Forest Park

Waiorongomai Hut is a basic 4-bunk hut at the forks of the Oreore Stream and Waiorongomai River. The hut has mattresses, river water and an open fireplace.

The hut sits back from the river in a small clearing in mature podocarp bush, about 100m below the confluence. Quite easy to miss the turnoff if you head up the main riverbed - cut back to through the bush if you do. The place gets visited most weeks in summer, and about one weekend in two for the rest of the year. The neighbouring Wharepapa Hut gets less use.

From the POP campground at the roadend a track in starts behind the dunny and runs 50m of to the top of a crumbling riverbank. From here it's about 1km upstream in the riverbed (wet feet guaranteed) to the park boundary where a cut track begins. There are 17 more crossings, and several in-river sections. River is ok in most conditions, but can be impassible after heavy rain.

Good easy overnighter / day trip if you don't mind wet feet.

Waiorongomai River below hut • By madpom. Licence: cc by.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Basic Hut/Bivvy
Sleeps
Sleeps 4
4
Facilities
Toilet, Open fireplace
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Waiorongomai Station: Track / river route up Waioringamai River. 4km, 1-3hrs

Waiorongomai Saddle: Well-traveled route along the Oreore Ridge to the Waiorongomai Saddle. Some parties report then following the Rimutaka Range to Papatahi to the Papatahi Crossing track (to Wharepapa / Orongoronga). The stream west of the saddle leads into the water catchment area - permit required - from the Orongorongo confluence downriver a good marked track climbs north-west to the hydro road.

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
100m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BQ32
Link
www.doc.govt.nz/p...http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-stay/backcountry-huts-by-region/wairarapa/wairarapa/waiorongomai-hut/
Map
ID 7134

About this hut

Added 21 June 2011 by iangeorgeiangeorge. 4 revisions, most recently 13 February 2012 by madpommadpom.
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