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Middle Hill Hut

Middle Hill Hut

Middle Hill Hut

Classic Kaweka 6-bunker in pleasant clearing. Easy 3 hrs up from road. Provides good access up to the northern aspects ...   More ▶︎
6 years old and hooked already

6 years old and hooked already

First overnighter for the 6 year old (Middle Hill Hut, Kaweka FP). Knocked the walk in from Makahu Road off ...   More ▶︎
Frosty start at Middle Hill Hut

Frosty start at Middle Hill Hut

-1 start to the day, hit 26 degrees that afternoon.   More ▶︎
An eastern Kaweka circuit: never trust the weatherman

An eastern Kaweka circuit: never trust the weatherman

or 'it cost me the same as a trip to Fiji, but it was much more fun'. A good weather variant ...   More ▶︎
Ballard Hut Loop

Ballard Hut Loop

A two day walk including open tops and Beach forest to visit a pleasant hut in the Kaweka forest park.   More ▶︎
Kaweka clay pan landscape

Kaweka clay pan landscape

Kaweka clay pan landscape on the ascent from the north branch of the Makahu to Kaweka Flats Biv   More ▶︎
Kaweka Flats - Manuka tunnel

Kaweka Flats - Manuka tunnel

Great tracks tunneled through manuka scrub in the eastern Kawekas   More ▶︎
Iron Whare from Whittle Rd

Iron Whare from Whittle Rd

An alternative access to Iron Whare Hut. A marked and roughly cut route runs from the reservoir ('fire dam' on older ...   More ▶︎
Iron Whare

Iron Whare

Iron Whare - a restored 1870s historic slab hut in the eastern Kawekas   More ▶︎
Iron Whare

Iron Whare

An 1870s slab hut in the eastern Kawekas   More ▶︎
Iron Whare

Iron Whare

Iron Whare is a 2-bunk historic hut cut into the hillside where the plateau narrows to a ridge below Kaweka ...   More ▶︎
Kaweka Flats Biv

Kaweka Flats Biv

Kaweka Flats Biv - a 2 person dog-box bivvy with plenty of space for camping outside.   More ▶︎
Camp Ridge - descent to Middle Hill, Kawekas

Camp Ridge - descent to Middle Hill, Kawekas

The descent to Middle Hill from the Kaweka Range, down Camp Ridge   More ▶︎
Ridge from Whetu towards Ballard hut turnoff

Ridge from Whetu towards Ballard hut turnoff

typical Kaweka ridge tops pretty Barren   More ▶︎
Whittle Rd to Iron Whare

Whittle Rd to Iron Whare

Reservoir on Whittle Rd to Iron Whare Hut. A roughly cut track providing an alternative access to this historic hut. ...   More ▶︎
The Kaweka Main Range - a NS traverse

The Kaweka Main Range - a NS traverse

A Kaimanawa-Kaweka traverse from Rangataiki to the Gentle Annie (Napier-Taihape) summit. 5-10 days of good track-tramping through the beech & manuka ...   More ▶︎
Kaweka Flats Biv

Kaweka Flats Biv

A two bunk biv about 1.5hrs from Makahu Saddle Carpark   More ▶︎
Kaweka Flats biv

Kaweka Flats biv

A two bunk Biv on a pleasant open space 1.5 hours from Makahu Saddle carpark   More ▶︎
Makino Bivouac

Makino Bivouac

The Makino Bivouac is very basic, consisting of a waist height A-frame of corrigated iron on the forest floor. No ...   More ▶︎
Makino Bivouac

Makino Bivouac

Basic shelter, no water. Was dry inside but with no door and "ventilated" construction it could be a bit cool ...   More ▶︎
Donald River, Kaweka FP

Donald River, Kaweka FP

One of the nicest short walks in the Kawekas - Makahu Saddle to Kaweka Flats biv. Established beech forest gives ...   More ▶︎
Makino Hut

Makino Hut

Makino Hut (sleeps 6, stove, firewood available, tank water) sits above the deep Makino and Mohaka valleys. The hut lies ...   More ▶︎
Makino Hut

Makino Hut

Standard Kaweka Orange 6-bunker in clearing. Dig the deer antlers on the rooftop.   More ▶︎
The antlers are no more!

The antlers are no more!

Makino hut after recent tidy-up.   More ▶︎
Makino Hut

Makino Hut

6 Bunk hut in the kaweka forest park. Small tidy warm, fire and water very pleasant   More ▶︎
Cairn at turnoff to ballard hut

Cairn at turnoff to ballard hut

Big as it is its enough off the track line to miss in bad conditions   More ▶︎
Makino River

Makino River

3-wire bridge at the bottom of the very steep climb to/from Mangaturutu Hut. Good camping spots on the TR - ...   More ▶︎
Ballard Hut

Ballard Hut

4 Bunk hut Kaweka forrest park at the northern end of the Kaweka range About 30 minutes down from Whetu ...   More ▶︎
Ballard Hut

Ballard Hut

A 4 bunk hut at the northern end of the Kaweka range. Visit as part of an east west crossing ...   More ▶︎
High Summer

High Summer

Ahhh Newzealand ever changeable hot one day freezing hours later.   More ▶︎
North Kaweka trig, mid Winter

North Kaweka trig, mid Winter

A bracing slog up from Makahu saddle allows you to knock off Hawkes Bay's two highest points (Kaweka J and ...   More ▶︎
Makino River

Makino River

entering the gorge - looking upstream - Apr 2016   More ▶︎
Kaweka Range from Whittle Rd

Kaweka Range from Whittle Rd

Kaweka Range from Whittle Rd   More ▶︎
Whio (Blue Duck)

Whio (Blue Duck)

Whio on the Mohaka River, Hawkes Bay.   More ▶︎
Mohaka River, Kaweka FP

Mohaka River, Kaweka FP

A stunning walk alongside the river takes you to Te Puia Lodge (2.5 hrs), the Mangatainoka hot pools (3hrs 15), ...   More ▶︎
Circumnavigating the Kiwi

Circumnavigating the Kiwi

A 4-5 day trip in the Kaweka Forest Park   More ▶︎
Te Puia Lodge

Te Puia Lodge

Located on the side of the Mohaka River. It's only 30-40 minutes walk to Mangatainoka Hot Springs from here, and ...   More ▶︎
Dominie Biv

Dominie Biv

A two bunk Biv very tidy and warm, welcome when Kaweka turns Nasty as so many can attest. Every body ...   More ▶︎
Dominie Biv

Dominie Biv

A two bunk Saviour to many on the side of Kaweka everybody seems to have a storey about being caught ...   More ▶︎
Te Puia Lodge

Te Puia Lodge

good camping in front of the hut - Apr 2016   More ▶︎
Te Puia Lodge

Te Puia Lodge

Only 2-3 hours from the Makahu road end and Makatutu Hot Springs and 45 mins from the Mangatainoka Hot Springs ...   More ▶︎
First snow of 2014 - Kaweka tops

First snow of 2014 - Kaweka tops

A spectacular autumn day up top, with remnants of snowfall still hanging around from earlier in the week. Not a ...   More ▶︎
Kaweka Forest Park

Kaweka Forest Park

A popular park in Hawke's Bay.   More ▶︎
Karearea - North Ridge, Kaweka FP

Karearea - North Ridge, Kaweka FP

One of two sighted on a recent Kaweka J traverse, this one allowed me to get remarkably close before launching ...   More ▶︎
Makahu saddle hut

Makahu saddle hut

6 bunk hut 2 mins from makahu saddle carpark the perfect jumping off point for a late arrival friday night ...   More ▶︎
Kaweka J summit

Kaweka J summit

Looking north toward the memorial cairn from the summit marker pole. An eerily calm day with the sun trying hard ...   More ▶︎
Kaweka J Summit

Kaweka J Summit

Looking west towards the Kaimanawas and Ruapehu from Kaweka J   More ▶︎
Eastern Kawekas from Kaweka Summit

Eastern Kawekas from Kaweka Summit

A view east from Kaweka J over the fractured plateau of the Eastern Kawekas   More ▶︎
Memorial at the top of Kaweka J

Memorial at the top of Kaweka J

This war memorial is on a large rock cairn right at the summit of Kaweka J   More ▶︎
Kaweka above the clouds

Kaweka above the clouds

A two day window in the weather provided the perfect opportunity for tops travel   More ▶︎
Ruapehu From Kaweka

Ruapehu From Kaweka

A two day window in the weather provided one of those days on the tops that we all dream about ...   More ▶︎

Madpom's Kaimanawa-Kaweka NS traverse

A north-south trip down the main range through the Kaimanawas and Kawekas. See the associated route guide (track) for details This GPX ...   More ▶︎

Kaweka Main Ridge - NS Traverse

A north-south trip down the main divide through the Kaimanawas and Kawekas. The east-west watershed actually runs through private land to ...   More ▶︎
Mangatainoka Hot Springs

Mangatainoka Hot Springs

Only 45 minutes tramp from Te Puia Lodge, these hot springs are certainly worth the effort of getting there. The ...   More ▶︎
Dawn over the Central Plateau

Dawn over the Central Plateau

Taken from Back Ridge, Kaweka FP.   More ▶︎
Dominie Biv mid Winter

Dominie Biv mid Winter

Just 45 minutes to an hour up from Makahu Saddle, Dominie sits in a sheltered bowl overlooking Hawkes Bay. Trials ...   More ▶︎
Back Ridge Hut

Back Ridge Hut

Given a quick refurb by DOC early May 2014 (including moving the long drop). Looking good!   More ▶︎
Back Ridge Hut

Back Ridge Hut

In a deep valley at the back of the Kaweka Range. This is a charming spot after dropping from the ...   More ▶︎
Back Ridge Hut

Back Ridge Hut

A forestry hut (4 bunks, stove, firewood available, stream water) on the valley floor 5 minutes off the main Back ...   More ▶︎
Back Ridge Hut

Back Ridge Hut

Back Ridge Hut in the Kawekas, with Kaweka J in the cloud behind.   More ▶︎
Circumnavigating the Kiwi

Circumnavigating the Kiwi

About a 4 day trip in the Kaweka Forest Park. I called it this because the route travels around the ...   More ▶︎
Mangaturutu Hut

Mangaturutu Hut

space for a few tents around the hut, and a poly tank to replace the previous metal one - Apr ...   More ▶︎
Mangaturutu Hut

Mangaturutu Hut

Mangaturutu hut in Kaweka Forest Park.   More ▶︎
Mangaturutu Hut

Mangaturutu Hut

Mangaturutu hut. taken 03-Jan-2007   More ▶︎
Wilding Pines in the eastern Kawekas

Wilding Pines in the eastern Kawekas

Pines on Black Birch Ridge   More ▶︎
Black Birch Biv (Kaweka)

Black Birch Biv (Kaweka)

Black Birch biv   More ▶︎
Black Birch Bivouac (Kawekas)

Black Birch Bivouac (Kawekas)

Black Birch Biv in the eastern Kawekas. A little-used dog-box biv on a 1000m range sitting across the Donald River ...   More ▶︎

Venison Tops Hut

Venison Tops Hut or Tira Lodge   More ▶︎
Studholme Saddle Biv

Studholme Saddle Biv

... well the dunny, at least!   More ▶︎
Studholme Saddle Hut

Studholme Saddle Hut

An ex NZFS 4 bunker tucked away in a small patch of beech at 1320m. Worth a wander to the ...   More ▶︎
Studholme Saddle Hut

Studholme Saddle Hut

Standard 4 bunk hut in the Kaweka Ranges. Nice and cosy once we got a small fire going, although most ...   More ▶︎
Studholme Saddle Hut

Studholme Saddle Hut

Studholme Saddle Hut (sleeps 6, river water, wood burning stove) is a comfortable, sheltered, riverside hut in a small area ...   More ▶︎
Studholme Saddle Hut

Studholme Saddle Hut

Studholme Saddle Hut. Kaweka Ranges   More ▶︎
Studholme Saddle, Kaweka FP, 5AM

Studholme Saddle, Kaweka FP, 5AM

...a couple of hundred metres from the saddle to be precise. Just after dawn on another classic Hawkes Bay day. ...   More ▶︎
Route out from Studholme Saddle biv

Route out from Studholme Saddle biv

Can be a little tricky to spot so thought I'd post this - cross the stream immediately behind the toilet, ...   More ▶︎
Studholme Saddle Biv, Kaweka FP

Studholme Saddle Biv, Kaweka FP

Cosy wee biv in a warm, sheltered spot just 15 (steep) minutes down from the saddle. Beware the two starlings ...   More ▶︎
Studholm Saddle Bivy from Above

Studholm Saddle Bivy from Above

We didn't visit this bivy but it was clearly visible from the ridge above.   More ▶︎
Studholme Saddle Biv

Studholme Saddle Biv

Studholme Saddle Bivouac is a wee dog-box bivvy in a clump of beech at the forks of the Kiwi Creek, ...   More ▶︎
Back Ridge Biv

Back Ridge Biv

Back Ridge Bivouac in the Kawekas. Does the hi-viz camo work?   More ▶︎
Back Ridge Bivouac

Back Ridge Bivouac

Back ridge Biv (sleeps 2-3, stream water) is a typical North-Island bivouac, with 2 matresses on the floor, and space ...   More ▶︎