Island Forks Hut

Island Forks (Biodiversity) Hut is a standard 2-bunk DOC Biv in the Tararuas. The name is somewhat confusing as it's not at Island Forks, but in the East Waitewaewae just upstream from its forks with the West.

The hut features 2 bunks (1 up, 1 down), a long narrow bench, a door and a window. Outside is a picnic table by a fireplace. The hut is about 20m from the East Waitewaewae River

Island Forks is officially a wildlife management hut - for the Project Kaka, but is open and available for other users. It gets about 10 visits a year, of which 6 would be by people involved in Project Kaka activities. The hut is not marked on the map, nor is it visible on Google sat photos - but can be seen on the higher resolution air photos on WAMS (wams.org.nz).

The hut is apprently quite recent, but the site is older, with a previous hut apparently removed April 17th 2000.(http://horowhenua.kete.net.nz/documents/0000/0000/2480/A_chronology_of_the_Tararua_and_Rimutaka_Ranges.pdf)

Island Forks Hut / Island Forks Biv • By madpom. Licence: cc by.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Standard Hut
Sleeps
Sleeps 2
2
Facilities
Toilet, Open fireplace
Water supply
No water
Getting there
Getting there
Otaki quarry: Old logging tracks then ridgeline route via Mick. 4hrs

Waiopehu Hut. Route down Oriwa Ridge. Camping & water also available at tank at old Oriwa Hut site.

Waitewaewae Hut: Riverbed route. 4km, 1-2hrs. Easy going

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
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ID 8865

About this hut

Added 27 December 2013 by madpommadpom. No revisions.
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