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If you haven't experienced an overnight stay in a DOC hut or lodge before, this lodge in the Manawatu is great option to start with - it's easy to get to by car.

If you haven't experienced an overnight stay in a DOC hut or lodge before, this lodge hut in the Manawatu is a great option to start with - it's easy to get to by car.

From huts where you need to bring all you own cooking equipment to lodges with fully equipped kitchens, DOC's accommodation caters to a range of comfort and experience.

Kitchen at Pohangina Base.
Pohangina Base

Pohangina Base

Nestled in native bush above the Pohangina River, the lodge provides an ideal base to explore the Ruahine Forest Park.

Location: Ruahine Forest Park
Travelling distance: 51 km from Palmerston North
Access: Drive-in
Occupancy: Exclusive use of bunk rooms
Facilities: Electric cooking, fridge, hot showers and flush toilets, wood heating

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Rangiwahia Hut. Image: Duncan Toogood.
Rangiwahia Hut

Rangiwahia Hut

The walk to Rangiwahia Hut is a popular, easy tramp that takes you through beech forest to the tussock tops of the Whanahuia Range. The track also passes by a waterfall before reaching the hut.

Location: Ruahine Forest Park
Travelling distance: Approx. 83 km from Palmerston North
Access: 2-3 hr walk on the Rangiwahia Hut Track
Occupancy: Shared
Facilities: Basic

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