Wharepapa Hut

SimonJ 18 Jun 2019 As of 9 June 2019, the hut is in good condition except there is some rising dampness on the floor against the uphill wall under the bunks. On the left as you enter. The hut is now enclosed on two and a half sides by shading vegetation and rank grass. Hence the moisture. Work needed would be dig out all rank grass clumps around the bottom barge board, clear back all the vegetation 5 m from the hut. Coming from the Orongorongo River side, via Papatahi spot height, is clear enough except for the last 2 hours to the hut where it descends down a face rather than a spur. The track isn't just overgrown, it has literally disappeared under fresh growth of mahoe, kie-kie, suatepple jack and nettle. It is unfollowable particularly the last hour. I'd rate it very hard going. The west side of the track up from/down to the Orongorongo River is clear enough and has 20 or so Goodnature traps all marked with the pink triangles. My time from Catchpool road end was 10 hours. 8:45 a.m. to 6:45p.m.
perso 6 Jan 2014 Only 7 mattresses that I could see and those in okay to iffy condition. Otherwise cosy enough on a mild summer night. Coming in from Western Lake Rd, it's mostly easy going, with short steep sections either side of the saddle. A couple of days after rain it's a wet foot track up the saddle, but none of the stream sections were at all difficult. The steepest hoist on the eastern side of the saddle is wet and slippery and would be challenging without the handy rope. The farm drainage ditch at the beginning/end is deep in places requiring some creativity with the marked route to avoid going in over waist deep.
madpom madpom 5 Mar 2013 Tidy quiet hut. Start of track to Orongaronga hard to find unless you know where it is. Lots of windfall on ridgeline to Wairongomai for those heading that way - v. hard going.
madpom madpom 11 Feb 2012