Introduction

This is a serviced twenty-bunk hut in the Hawke's Bay area.

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Hut overview

Easy walk from road end

1-3 hours

Category

Serviced

Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

  • Heating
  • Mattresses
20 bunk beds

About this hut

Sunrise Hut.
Sunrise Hut

  • Tank water supply
  • Large benched sleep areas catering for 20 persons
  • Bench top with sinks
  • Wood burner
  • Broom/Shovel
  • Long drop style toilet
  • Two tables with bench seats

Located in the mid eastern Ruahine Forest Park, Sunrise Hut is situated on the tops of the Ruahine Range. This track is one of the most popular in the park. Sited in a tussock basin beside the bush edge at 1280m, the hut offers excellent views across the Hawke’s Bay.

The original hut was constructed in 1983 by NZFS. It was upgraded in 2005. This is a large hut that is a popular recreational destination for day trips or weekend visits. The hut is heated by a woodburner. It is a popular, easy walk for many family groups. In winter, there is generally snow around the hut.

Getting there

North Block Road is approximately 100 km from Napier. Follow State Highway 50 for 66 km and turn right into Wakarara Road. After 20 km, turn left into North Block Road. The start of Sunrise Tracks starts at the road end.

The last 4 km of this road is through private farmland. Please don’t disturb stock and leave gates as you found them.

Location

NZTopo50 map sheet: BK36
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1871197, N5590932

Fees

  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Youth (11 - 17 years): $7.50 per night
  • Child/Infant: (0 - 10 years): free

Before you go, buy 1 Serviced Hut Ticket (green for adults, orange for youth) or 3 Standard Hut Tickets (blue for adults, yellow for youth) for each night's stay. Put these in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass for unlimited use at most Serviced and Standard huts for a 6 or 12 month period.

Read more about hut tickets and passes

Know before you go

No cooking facilities

The gas cooking facilities previously at the hut have been permanently removed. DOC will continue to supply firewood to the hut, which will provide heating and also a cooking source via the woodstove installed but it is advisable to take your own cookers. The hut will remain listed as a 'serviced' hut.

Note: Respect the rights of others to use the facilities and ensure all rubbish and foodstuffs are removed on departure.

Contacts

Hawke's Bay Regional Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 6 834 3111
Address:   Conservation House
59 Marine Parade
Napier 4110
Email:   napier@doc.govt.nz
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