IntroductionKiwi Saddle Hut is located in the southern Kaweka Forest Park area at the foot of an open high altitude saddle.
- Toilets - non-flush
- Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
- Enclosed wood burning stove
- Tank water supply
- Long drop style toilet
Kiwi Saddle Hut was built in 1987 by the Heretaunga Tramping Club after the original 1947 beech pole and malthoid hut had rotted away. This hut is a welcome shelter from the strong winds and southerly storms that sweep across this exposed area of the southern Kaweka Park. At 1170 metres, the hut is positioned on a saddle site tucked into the protecting beech forest.
The hut can experience a wide range of climatic conditions which can include brief snowfalls during cold southerly weather and heavy winter frosts.
Backcountry Hut Passes and Backcountry Hut Tickets cannot be used at this hut.
This hut is owned and maintained by the Heretaunga Tramping Club.
For overnight stays donations should be sent to:
Heretaunga Tramping Club
316 Te Aute Rd, RD2
Online banking details:
Name: Heretaunga Tramping Club
Account number: 03-0642-0802494-00
Cameron Carpark (4 hr)
From Cameron carpark, a marked track ascends a narrow ridge to reach Mt Kuripapango (1250 metres). Mt Kuripapango can also be reached by the "Lakes" carpark (allow 3/4 hour to reach Mt Kuripapango). The track continues north west along the Smith-Russell Track to reach a high point of 1359 metres. From here the track descends then ascends again to the junction of the Cameron Hut Track. Kiwi Saddle Hut is reached at the foot of an exposed ridge.
Kiwi Mouth Hut (3 hr)
From Kiwi Mouth Hut allow 2 – 3 hours to ascend one of two alternative tracks to Kiwi Saddle Hut.
A poled route from Studholme Saddle via Castle Camp also gives access from the north.
Caution – the higher altitude/exposed ridges in this area can receive sudden weather changes associated with very cold temperatures, poor visibility and high winds.
The location of Kiwi Saddle Hut offers trampers an excellent weekend base or stop-over point. At times of high water flow levels, the Ngaruroro riverbed route becomes impassable and Kiwi Saddle offers a useful alternative. Kiwi Saddle can provide a round trip experience for trampers departing Cameron carpark and travelling to Kiwi Mouth or Cameron Hut via the Ngaruroro River one way and returning Kiwi Saddle( or vice versa). Kiwi Saddle can also provide a stop-over on more adventurous tramps to access the main Kaweka Range from the south. Trampers can continue on to Manson Hut via Kiwi Mouth Hut.
Tracks to this hut
Kuripapango tramping tracksLocated in Kaweka Forest ParkThere are a variety of options for day or overnight trips from Kuripapango/Castle Rocks Road. Some are round trips and some link with other road ends or access points to Kaweka Forest Park.DurationDifficulty Advanced
NZTopo50 map sheet: BJ37
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1886256, N5641008