Sunrise Hut

Alert/Important notice

Gas cooker removal

The gas cooking facilities previously at the hut have been permanently removed. The Department of Conservation 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.
Issued: 16 October 2014

Hut category



 20 Bunks

Fees and payment

Sunrise Hut.
Sunrise Hut

Adult $15.00 / Youth $7.50

Hut details

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.

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Coverage with HF / Mountain Safety radios is available at the hut site. Cell phone service can be obtained near the hut.

Hut location

Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet BK36, E1871197, N5590932

Park or reserve

Plan and prepare

  • 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

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

Location map

Location map of Sunrise Hut.

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Related link

Download the story: 'Daytripper - Sunrise Hut Easy Riser' (PDF, 2640K) from the SwampThing online magazine.


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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies


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