Commencing from the end of the picnic area, the river bed route to Stanfield Hut is unmarked but generally easy to follow.
It is possible to return to the road end via the Holmes Ridge track which adds a further 30 minutes to the trip. The track commences approximately 20 minutes downriver on the true left from the hut and rises steeply to a 4WD grassed track.
About an hour from the road end, downriver from a small stream junction is the Rimu Walk which climbs steeply for one hour to Takapari Road.
There are further tramping opportunities from Stanfield Hut northwards to Cattle Creek Hut.
The Stanfield Hut route starts at Tamaki Road end, located 13 km from Dannevirke. Dannevirke is 85 km from Napier on State Highway 2. North from Dannevirke, turn left into Ruahine Street which leads into Umutaoroa Road after 1.2 km. Travel for another 5.4 km, then turn left into Top Grass Road. Tamaki Road is located 2.3 km on your right.
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