One of the two shelters on top of the mountain. This one being Hanging Valley Shelter.
Filling water bottles to keep us going the night and the whole of day two.
The view from Rangipo Hut. I’d love to spend a few days here in winter (when it’s white with snow).
The Pioneer stove used for heat and cooking dinner.
Luxmore hut where we stopped for warm clothing, filled up water bottles and empty bladders.
Manaturuturu Hut …
Waihohonu historical hut.
Cowshed Bay (Portage Bay) kitchen/shelter.
Waihohonu hut – five star!
We arrived at the hut before lunch and had lots of time to just chill.
Relaxing in the hut.
Lunch at another DOC camp shelter.
A room with a view. This was our view from our bunk bed.
And one has to have a piece of Xmas cake on Xmas day.
Cooking up a storm!
Cosy inside where we could dry out our soggy gear.
Daybreak in the Oturere valley with Mt Ngauruhoe in the back.
Waihohonu Hut is shared with the Tongariro Northern Circuit track (which is a NZ Great Walk) and very popular. Booking is essential.
Mangaehuehu Hut where we spent the night.
The hut ranger Pat, giving a talk about the environment. He also treated us to chocolates that was put out on the tables inside the communal area.
A lovely spot just outside our bunk room.
The wind was quite chilly, so we stopped at one of the emergency shelters for a snack.
A very small little hut that only sleeps six.
Time for a quick lunch before heading back into the rain.
The Korokoro campsite and shelter.
Shelter from the storm.
Fern Burn Hut, built in 2008.
Although Meg Hut is quite basic, the shelter it provided from the elements felt like the height of luxury.
Socialising outside the YTYY hut.
The hut from a distance. Saw an eel swimming past in the shallow stream.
Getting our picture taken by a friendly volunteer at Mangaehuehu Hut.
Tahurangi Lodge is a private lodge belonging to the mountain club.
A huge common room inside the hut.
Waiharuru Hut sleeping 40 people.
Finally we reached the basic hut for a warm cup of tea.
Meeting our New Plymouth mates for lunch at the hut. And off course a joke was cracked just before the shot was taken.
Cooking outside on a misty evening.
A quick dry-out before getting underway again.
Two bunk beds – sleeps six people at the top and six at the bottom.
Pouakai Hut only just visible in the mist.
Steps leading to Tahurangi Lodge, from where the final stretch of the summit can be undertaken.
Getting ready the next morning.
Inside the hut.
This is where it all happened for 18 adults and a baby.
A small 6 bunk hut with fireplace..
Climbing up a hill behind the hut rewarded us with beautiful views over the area.
The view from the Rangipo Hut porch.
Evidence that this hut is frequented mostly by hunters.
Beautiful turquoise water reminiscent of Abel Tasman.
Thick murk to start the day.
The hut is nestled in a tiny clearing in the forest.
We had a cozy evening by fire and candle light.
Very busy at the Pouakai Hut with loads of day walkers of all ages.
Lots more tents went up later in the afternoon.
Historic Meg Hut.
Inside the very well-appointed Holly Hut.
Arriving at the hut that was “born” the same year as Gerry!
Two layers of bunks in each of the two rooms.
Reaching our New Year’s Eve destination – the Waiaua Gorge Hut.
Lunch at Field Hut.
Finally some sun to dry out all our gear.
Happy New Year! A tot of whiskey to celebrate the new year.
Oldest hut in the Tararua Ranges.
A new year’s eve campfire.
Opting to cook and spend the evening outside at Waingongoro Hut.
Kime Hut – 20 bunk.
Anderson Memorial Hut.
Proof we made it to Lake Dive Hut. 🙂
Fern Burn hut, set amidst the gorgeous Central Otago countryside.
Beautiful views reflected in the windows of the hut.
Holly Hut. Luckily a lot less busy than expected.
Sheltered from the rain at the Wanganui Ski Lodge
New Powell hut.
New Powell hut.
New Powell hut.
From 2010 to current
- Anderson Memorial Hut (Tararua)
- Bark Bay Hut (Abel Tasman, 2008)
- Brod Bay Shelter (Kepler)
- Field Hut (Tararua)
- Fern Burn Hut (Otago)
- Forest Burn Shelter (Kepler)
- Hanging Valley Shelter (Kepler)
- Holly Hut (Taranaki)
- Iris Burn (Kepler)
- Jumbo Hut (Tararua)
- Kanui Hut (Taranaki)
- Ketetahi Hut/Shelter (Tongariro)
- Kime Hut (Tararua)
- Lake Dive Hut (Taranaki)
- Luxmore Hut (Kepler)
- Maketawa Hut (Taranaki)
- Mangaehuehu Hut (Tongariro)
- Mangatepopo Hut (Tongariro)
- Mangaturuturu Hut (Tongariro)
- Marauiti Hut (Waikaremoana)
- Maungahuka Hut (Tararua)
- Meg Hut (Otago)
- Moturau Hut (Kepler)
- Oturere Hut (Tongariro)
- Panekire Hut (Waikaremoana)
- Pouakai Hut (Taranaki)
- Powell Hut (Tararua)
- Rangipo Hut (Tongariro)
- Rocky Point Shelter (Kepler)
- Waiaua Gorge Hut (Taranaki)
- Waiharuru Hut (Waikaremoana)
- Waihohonu Hut (Tongariro)
- Waingongoro Hut (Taranaki)
- Waiopaoa Hut (Waikaremoana)
- Waitewaewae Hut (Tararua)
- Washpool Hut (Aorangi)
- Whanganui Hut (Waikaremoana)
- Whakapapaiti Hut (Tongariro)
- Mountain House
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