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Wairere Falls

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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎

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 ▶︎
Puketutu Track

Puketutu Track

This track connects the Old and New North - South Tracks in the Kaimai - Mamaku Forest Park. The track ...   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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
Kaimai's

Kaimai's

Five Acre / Big Swamp   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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
ZK-AYZ

ZK-AYZ

This wing in the gully makes a sobering sight   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 ▶︎