Introduction

This is a basic six-bunk hut in the Wairarapa region and 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.

Hut overview

Category

Basic/bivvies

Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

  • Heating
6 bunk beds

About this hut

Heritage

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. 

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 best accessed from Waiohine Gorge Road end.

Approximate times from nearest roads and huts

Location

NZTopo50 map sheet: BP33
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1797244, N5459973

Fees

Free

Contacts

Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Wellington
6011
Email:   wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz
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