6 km return via same track
Follow a short public access easement through private farmland to reach Ahuriri River and Ahuriri Conservation Park. Head towards an old derelict duckshooters hut on the river flats. Uphill from the hut you should be able to pick up an unmarked track that eventually reaches a small tarn. From the tarn it's a short distance to Hideaway Hut, tucked away under bluffs.
Tarn on Hideaway Hut Route in Ahuriri Conservation Park
Turn off SH8 onto Birchwood Road, 17 km south of Omarama. The turnoff is signposted for Ahuriri Conservation Park. 200 m past the Birch Creek Bridge is an access sign to Ahuriri River.
4WD vehicles can be driven on this short public access easement through private farmland and parked beside the river.
The trip into Hideaway Hut makes a good horse ride. Driving from the access point on Birchwood Road to Ahuriri River is not recommended if towing a horse float.
Dogs on a lead can be taken to Hideaway Hut, however they must be confined to a vehicle while crossing private farmland to get to Ahuriri River. There is an ongoing trapping and poison operation for possums in this area. Monitor your dog and use a muzzle to avoid any potential scavenging of possum carcasses.
Map: NZTopo50 BZ14 Mount Barth