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Puketutu Track

Routes to Puketutu Hut

Routes to Puketutu Hut

Three routes to Puketutu Hut. The Upland Rd one is as described by Ledge. The second is the route we ...   More ▶︎
Looking back towards Tauranga

Looking back towards Tauranga

Great views from the top of the range. This is looking east towards Tauranga   More ▶︎
Camping near Puketutu Hut

Camping near Puketutu Hut

It was a little cold but preferable to the rats in Puketutu Hut   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut interior with sparkling lights of city far below...

Puketutu Hut interior with sparkling lights of city far below...

Kept tidy by the Maori Trustees and conscientious hunters.   More ▶︎
Animal skull gravestone

Animal skull gravestone

This grave marks the junction of the old Puketutu Track.   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut by day

Puketutu Hut by day

A rustic, hunter's hut on an overgrown ridge track.   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut from north

Puketutu Hut from north

Visitor log was started back in 1997.   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut at night

Puketutu Hut at night

aka the Kaimai Hilton   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut (Pvte). Route Info 2009

Puketutu Hut (Pvte). Route Info 2009

Detailed route guide to Puketutu Hut walking from Uplands Rd, near Katikati.   More ▶︎
Puketutu View

Puketutu View

The morning view from the Puketutu Hut looking east over Tauranga.   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut

Puketutu Hut

An older 3 bunk hut on the Old Kaimais North - South Track up on the Kaimai Range.   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut

Puketutu Hut

One of the old North - South Track Huts. This is a great little hut sitting on the top of ...   More ▶︎

Kaimai Traverse

Kaimai North-South track - 107km from Lower Kaimai through to Paeroa. Followed the new route up the Wharawhara valley instead ...   More ▶︎
An old stile

An old stile

This is all that marks the beginning of the direct track to Puketutu Hut. You need to cross farmland to ...   More ▶︎
Wairere Falls

Wairere Falls

A popular walk up to these spectacular falls   More ▶︎
Wairere Falls from the top

Wairere Falls from the top

Looking over the lip of Wairere Falls. In a good westerly the water gets blowen back over you at this ...   More ▶︎
Wairere Falls

Wairere Falls

A dramatic waterfall on the western side of the Kaimai Ranges   More ▶︎
Kaimai's

Kaimai's

Five Acre / Big Swamp   More ▶︎
Temptation

Temptation

A hot day, deep clean clear water lightly dappled by the shady surrounding bush. Theres much to do in the ...   More ▶︎

Kaimais

Thompsons Track to Kauritatahi Hut with visit to DC3 crash site   More ▶︎
Excursion to Kauritatahi

Excursion to Kauritatahi

Kauritatahi Hut at the top of the Kaimai Ranges has been on my to-visit list for several years and I ...   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut from Thompson's Track

Kauritatahi Hut from Thompson's Track

This is the route we took up Thompson's Track to the Kauritatahi Hut, with a detour on the second day ...   More ▶︎
Excursion to Kauritatahi Hut

Excursion to Kauritatahi Hut

A weekend trip up to Kauritatahi Hut from Aongatete Lodge. We had low cloud the entire time so didn't get ...   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut (August 2017)

Kauritatahi Hut (August 2017)

A wee 3 bunk hut on top of the Kaimai Ranges at 770m. Apparently there are good views from the ...   More ▶︎
Quite a crowd at Kauritatahi Hut

Quite a crowd at Kauritatahi Hut

There were eight people at the hut at on Saturday night. Here we all are on the deck looking at ...   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut

Kauritatahi Hut

This hut is not marked on the map. It is on a part of the old North-South track that is ...   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut

Kauritatahi Hut

This hut has a wonderful view out over Katikati and is reputed to put on a great sunrise. Unfortunately it ...   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut

Kauritatahi Hut

This hut has recently had some improvements done to it by the local branch of NZDA   More ▶︎
Thompson's Track to Kauritatahi Track

Thompson's Track to Kauritatahi Track

From a very muddy Thompson's Track to an rough North South Track, this can't be described as the greatest of ...   More ▶︎
A New Zealand Backcountry Hut

A New Zealand Backcountry Hut

There isn't anything quite the same in the whole planet as staying a night in a New Zealand backcountry hut   More ▶︎
View over Thompsons Track from Main Range to Ngatamahinerua

View over Thompsons Track from Main Range to Ngatamahinerua

North-South track shown is actually the other side of main ridge, obscured. Note the saddle between main plateau (left) and ...   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut with new deck

Kauritatahi Hut with new deck

The new deck is a great addition to this neat hut.   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut from North

Kauritatahi Hut from North

3 Bunks and a cool pull-down hammock...with more foam mattresses = enough for six bodies.   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut Doorway

Kauritatahi Hut Doorway

Let's keep this corner of NZ tidy!   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut from South

Kauritatahi Hut from South

Updated in 2009 by DOC & NZDA, this 4-bunker has a new lease of life and is becoming increasingly popular.   More ▶︎
ZK-AYZ

ZK-AYZ

This wing in the gully makes a sobering sight   More ▶︎
The DC3 wing in wet foggy conditions

The DC3 wing in wet foggy conditions

It was mostly a fogged up lens but it adds a bit to the atmosphere of this very special place.   More ▶︎
The DC3 wing in wet foggy conditions

The DC3 wing in wet foggy conditions

It was mostly a fogged up lens but it adds a bit to the atmosphere of this very special place.   More ▶︎
Junction now well marked

Junction now well marked

It used to be tricky to find the place where the old north-south track leaves the new, but someone has ...   More ▶︎
A Nice Little Clearing in the Kaimais

A Nice Little Clearing in the Kaimais

This spot makes a great camp site. Water is a little walk away but apart from that, it is wonderful. ...   More ▶︎
Mangamuka Hut loop

Mangamuka Hut loop

A two day pleasant walk over old tramlines in the Lower Kaimai Mamaku forest park with a night in a ...   More ▶︎
Thompson's Track a muddy hell hole

Thompson's Track a muddy hell hole

Not the best tramping   More ▶︎
Mt Eliza Mine

Mt Eliza Mine

Eliza Mine shaft is located on the steep eastern slopes of Mt Eliza (581m), 50m off the main track. Several ...   More ▶︎
Fungus?

Fungus?

Amazing what you have time to do while recovering from a 15 metre slide down a bank   More ▶︎
Mt Eliza Summit

Mt Eliza Summit

Looking North from Mt Eliza summit to Sentinel Rock   More ▶︎

Kaimai North-South (Karangahake to Thompsons Track)

The northern half of the Kaimai North-South track, and my first GPX file uploaded here.   More ▶︎

Te Whare Okioki

A new hut built 2019. The hut is located at Ngamuwahine Clearing in the Kaimai Range and serves as a ...   More ▶︎
Sentinel Rock

Sentinel Rock

Telephoto view from the grassy knolls en route to Motutapere Hut. DOC don't want people actually climbing this monolith!   More ▶︎
Mangamuka Hut

Mangamuka Hut

A pleasant little 4-bunk hut, recently done-up and reguarly maintained by the Tauranga Deer Stalkers. The recent improvements to the ...   More ▶︎
Mangamuka Hut

Mangamuka Hut

Great little 4 bunker tucked on the edge of the Kaimais   More ▶︎
View to Motutapere and Sentinel Rock

View to Motutapere and Sentinel Rock

Mountains photographed from the hills further north of Thompsons Track. Motutapere Hut is over the ridge between Motutapere and Mt ...   More ▶︎
Motutapere Hut

Motutapere Hut

Motutapere Hut is situated in a pleasant clearing on the lower slopes of Mt Motutapere, with a view out to ...   More ▶︎
Motutapere Hut

Motutapere Hut

Motutapere Hut is one of the Forgotten Five hunters huts in the Kaimai Ranges. No longer forgotten and recently renovated including ...   More ▶︎
Motutapere Hut Route Info - February, 2009

Motutapere Hut Route Info - February, 2009

Motutapere Hut is one of the Five Forgotten Huts in the Kaimai Ranges. Here's how to get there from the ...   More ▶︎
Motutapere hut refurbished

Motutapere hut refurbished

Recently reclad with a bunk and a porch added   More ▶︎
Bunk

Bunk

Top bunk of the salvation Hut, scattered in rat droppings! Would only sleep here in an emergency!   More ▶︎
Dead tree

Dead tree

The hut is roughly 20m Due South from this tree, just outside the clearing.   More ▶︎
Fireplace

Fireplace

Fireplace made from an old hot water cylinder and held together with some good old No8 wire.   More ▶︎
Salvation

Salvation

The word "Salvation" is painted brightly above the door.   More ▶︎
Salvation Hut

Salvation Hut

Front view of the hut.   More ▶︎
Salvation Hut

Salvation Hut

This is a privately built hut and not maintained by DOC. Located in the Kaimai Mamakau forest park off the Leyland ...   More ▶︎