Punga Hut / Miro Valley Hut

Tararua Forest Park

Super-secret hut in the northern Tararuas.

Possibly the most interesting hut in the Tararuas. Built in 1958-1959 from horizontally laid punga trunks over a locally cut hardwood frame. The roof is corrogated iron and perspex. The hut is weathertight, features 4 bunks (sacking) and a wood-burning stove.

Probably the biggest charm of this hut is how hard it is to find. So in respect for the people who maintain it and love it for its serenity, I'm not going to give it's location. I hope others can follow this lead - we can only imagine what will happen to this gem if DoC are forced to recognize it's existence and either close it or 'upgrade' it to DoC standard. For those interested you could do worse than make a trip to North Mangahao Biv and read the notes in the hut book. With some good navigation skills you can make it from there to here in a couple of hours.

punga hut • By Gaiters. Licence: C.
Key information
Owner: PVT
Basic Hut/Bivvy
Sleeps 4
Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Scotts Rd (Palmerston Nth) or Kopikipiko Rd (Dannevirke)
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage Nearest coverage at 'roc' or pt 686 on access track. TNZ
ID 7869

About this hut

Added 24 April 2012 by madpommadpom. 3 revisions, most recently 6 June 2014 by madpommadpom.
181 views in the past year (15 per month).