Zekes hut Hihitahi reserve

  • 2 hr 30 min – 3 hr return via same track
  • Easy/medium

Visit a newish 4 bunk hut in the Hihitahi reserve central north island. 2.5 to 3hours in this hut is worth a visit for the Dawn chorus alone abundant bird life a result of careful management

Zekes Hut • By ledge. Licence: C.
Key information
Walking time
1 – 2 days
2 hr 30 min – 3 hr
Distance
7.0km
Type
Return via same track
Return via same track
Grade
Easy/medium
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
State Highway 1 between Irirangi and Hihitahi south of Waiouru
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Ends
State highway 1
Maps
NZTopo50-BK35
Altitude
600m – 1,244m
Altitude change 644m

Park on state highway 1 entry to Hihitahi reserve car should be reasonably secure as this part of highway is very busy. Cross farm paddocks and small swing bridge then keeping to the left of the swamp climb briefly across farm land to the bush line and the start of the track. Well marked from here a slippery climb to the highest point and good views of Ruapehu before descending into the valley and Zekes hut. Experience some of the most abundant bird life we have struck yet in the north island. Return the same day or stay the night and experience the Dawn Chorus!

Map
ID 7951

About this track

Added 26 May 2012 by bigpaulbigpaul. 3 revisions, most recently 31 May 2012 by bigpaulbigpaul.
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