Rangiwahia Hut Track
Rangiwahia Hut Track
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CupyDee
Waikato Region, New Zealand184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We came across the Ruahine Forest Park by chance when we're exploring the Manawatu Scenic Route. We poked our nose into the track for about 30 minutes and decided we'll return the next day to properly explore it.

We returned with a pack lunch and some snack the next day and start walking towards the hut not knowing what to expect. Little did we know we were about to come across some of the most beautiful sceneries we've every seen in the North Island.

You have to really walk the track and see it for yourselves to know how amazing this place is. It's not flooded with tourists like some other great walks, it has everything NZ has to offer. There were some challenging bits through out the track, but nothing too difficult.

The hut was tidy with good facility. We love how they took the effort of painting the sheds and toilets, good touch.

Make sure you spare another 2-3 hours to walk up to the high point. It's well worth it! It's so peaceful and spectacular up there.
Written 22 February 2020
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Robert R
Palmerston North, New Zealand599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Got up at 3.30 in the morning New years day headed off went through the Rangiwahia way even found a loo open at that time then onto Renfrew road at the end left turn and out of the car to open a gate (please shut them) then on a bit more to another gate thru that and you come to a Toilet very clean and tidy you can park here or drive a little bit further and park next to where you start.
Over the fence and you are away very well signposted follow the track climbing as you go,take photos when you can and yes the bridge is fantastic take time to stop and read the information signs, found a seat to sit down and have a drink and to look out at the stunning views and the day l went the was hardly a breath of wind and it was just mesmerizing and all you could hear was the birds and the distant sound of water in the stream and for about 20 minutes l took it all in as if l did not have a care in the world. Off again and before l new it l was at the top and very very still at the top as well with spectacular views.Had my second breakfast and met a few people who had stayed the night and toilets and hut and wood available. Took more photos stayed at the top for about 1 hour and headed back down and heard some rustling in the bush and out jumped a deer just to quick to get a photo though but just amazing to see.
And before l new it l was back at the start and did not want to leave but for me it was something l wanted to do alone and did not regret it but next time a buddy would be nice. Believe me if you get the chance to do this don't leave it to long as time passes so quick and l had the perfect day but remember the weather can turn real quick so be prepared and in the winter not for me though. Recommend to do this superb walk and you never know l might even go with you. Went back home the other way through Apiti a nice drive.
I had just shorts and T shirt on the whole way as it was so nice but had plenty of gear in my back pack so be prepared.
Written 12 January 2020
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carol j
Palmerston North, New Zealand1,673 contributions
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Dec 2019 • Friends
Went up via Deadman’s track and then headed down from hut.
Not a large hut but it is cosy and well maintained.Log burner with a wood shed.From here there are panoramic views of Ruapehu and Ngaruhoe
There are steps in places along the way and a magnificent bridge with best photos taken after walking across bridge and up the hill.
For Deadman’s track-
Drive past Crosshills and Enter at Renfrew road.There are Toilets at carpark.From here jump the style and do a quick turn right and from this point you climb.
Through native bush up and up zigzagging until you reach the ghost trees amidst the mist.
It eventually flattened out but not for long.
You reach an open space and more clothing is required.
From here it is open ground and trench walking, maybe a hiking pole would come to good use.
Follow the Waratahs up and up keep climbing you will see Ruapaehu .1583 m .It is a Medium to hard walk which with stops takes around 6 hours to get to Rangiwahia hut.
Written 21 December 2019
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nDika47
Feilding, New Zealand106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
Wow what a spectacular walk. My husband brother and 4 teens just walked almost to top. Just the weather looked like heavy rain so we headed back down and a good move as the rain came just as we got back to the car. On the way up we were treated to some amazing views of ruapehu so take your time and enjoy the views. The bridge is quite scary if you are not good with heights like me but if you don't look down its all good. I would probably say difficulty level is 6/10. Alot of up hill and steps but have to say had an amazing time. Would love to go again and get yo hut. Scenery is fabulous. Have fun.
Written 30 June 2018
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