Historic Cone Hut

Cone Hut is the second oldest hut in the Tararuas.  Built by New Zealand’s first tramping club, the Tararua Tramping Club, it is one of the best surviving examples of a ‘slab hut’ in New Zealand.

People have been visiting the Tararua Forest Park for a long time and the huts they built and used are an important link to the Park’s history.

Cone hut was built using local totara timbers, adzed into framing and split into slab walls.  This was a very rare form of construction by the 1940s. 

Cone Hut. Photo: Richard Nester.
Cone Hut

By the early 1980s the hut had fallen into a state of disrepair.  After assessing the heritage importance of the site and developing a plan, it was decided to rebuild the hut using the same construction method and materials as was done in 1946.  This work was undertaken by the Tararua Tramping Club with the assistance of the Department of Conservation.

The hut’s restoration in the late 1980s is a credit to the Tararua Tramping Club volunteers and their predecessors who had the bush carpentry skills to fashion such a durable haven.

Situated in picturesque, mature forest adjacent to the Tauherenikau River, this rustic hut continues to be used and enjoyed by trampers and hunters. 

Follow in the footsteps of those before you and make your Tararua tramping experience complete by spending a night at Cone Hut.

Getting there

Cone Hut is in the upper Tauherenikau Valley, in the South-eastern section of Tararua Forest Park.  The Tararua Range is north of Wellington, off SH 2, just south of Carterton.

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