Wharepapa Hut

Rimutaka Forest Park

Wharepapa Hut - a large 5-bunk (8 mattresses) hut 6km from the Wairarapa roadend in the Rimutakas. River water, open fire, toilet. A tidy, quiet hut with about 1 party/month, more in summer / roar.

From the roadend the track starts with a boring 2km beside a drainage ditch to the park boundary. Beyond that the walk is pleasant and varied. A couple of sections on small streambeds, and one steep section with rope just below the saddle.

Papatahi crossing to Orongorongo is challenging: a very steep climbing bushbash from the hut to the Papatahi Summit. Rewarded by amazing views of Lake Ferry and Wairarapa coast though, and cloud-forest near the summit. Descent to Orogorongo just as steep, but on scree/gravel, not mud. Track starts 200m upriver of hut - not obvious and very hard to see.

Some parties head north-east and along the Rimutaka ridgeline from the Papatahi summit and desecend to Waiorongomai Hut - a good challenging day on a ridgeline route.

Wharepapa Hut • By madpom. Licence: cc by.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Basic Hut/Bivvy
Sleeps
Sleeps 5
5
Facilities
Toilet, Open fireplace
Water supply
Natural water source
stream
Getting there
Getting there
Western Lake Road (300m beyond Devon Stn turnoff): 6km, 1.5-3 hrs, track.

Orongoronga Valley: 5km, 1.5-4 hrs. very steep track over Papatahi summit (700m climb/descent).

From the Orongoronga you can continue on increasingly good tracks downriver to the Wainuiomata-coast road (17km), or cross to Catchpool (12km) / Wainuiomata township (11km). All huts in the Orongorongo valley require booking / keys from DoC.

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
180m
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/wharepapa-hut/
Map
ID 7135

About this hut

Added 21 June 2011 by iangeorgeiangeorge. 4 revisions, most recently 18 June 2019 by SimonJSimonJ.
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Check-ins
SimonJ visited this hut 18 June 201918 June
As of 9 June 2019, the hut is in good condition except there is some rising dampness on the floor ...