Alpha Hut is located at a height of 1116 m, just below the bushline in the eastern Tararua Forest Park. It is one of the traditional overnight shelters for the classic Southern Crossing.
Alpha Hut is best accessed from the Kaitoke carpark at Marchant Road end in Upper Hutt. From State Highway 2, turn on to Marchant Road just east of where the highway crosses the Pakuratahi River. Follow this for approximately 2.5 km to the Kaitoke carpark.
From the Kaitoke carpark, the track climbs through stunted silver beech along Marchant Ridge, over Omega and through the saddle of Hell’s Gate to Alpha Hut.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BP33
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1791971, N5460318
- Adult (18+ years): $5 per night
- Youth (11 - 17 years): $2.50 per night
- Child/Infant (0 - 10 years): free
Before you go, buy 1 Standard Hut Ticket (blue for adults, yellow for youth) for each night's stay. Put this in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass that gives unlimited use at Standard and Serviced huts for a 6 or 12 month period.
Read more about hut tickets and passes