Located in Kaweka Forest Park in the Hawke’s Bay region
IntroductionMackintosh Hut is located in the mid-southern area of the Kaweka Forest Park.
- Toilets - non-flush
- Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
- Wood burning stove – replace firewood for the next occupants.
- Long drop style toilet.
- Water from a tank and from a stream close to the hut.
The hut is located on a wide plateau area at the edge of a small pocket of beech forest. The surrounding plateau area is still regenerating after being heavily modified by fire, sheep grazing and introduced plants and animals.
Mackintosh Hut is one of the Kaweka Forest Park’s earlier huts, built in 1959 to assist with deer culling operations. It was upgraded in 2003 and 2009.
- Adult (18+ years): $5 per night
- Youth (11–17 years): $2.50 per night
- Child/Infant (0–10 years): free
Before you go, buy 1 Standard Hut Ticket (blue for adults, yellow for youth) for each night's stay. Put this in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass that gives unlimited use at most Standard and Serviced huts for a 6 or 12 month period.
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Fees from 1 July 2023
- Adult (18+ years): $10 per night
- Youth (5–17 years): $5 per night
- Child/Infant (0–4 years): free
Mackintosh Hut can be reached from 3 access points in the south.
Lakes Road (2 – 3 hr)
From the carpark the track drops down a steep but well graded track to the Tutaekuri River. There is a bridge to cross the Tutaekuri River. Proceed upstream for a short time before climbing up to the Mackintosh Plateau and continuing onto the flat to Mackintosh Hut.
Lawrence Shelter - Lawrence Roadend (4 hr)
Cross the swing bridge from the roadend and proceed up to Tutaekuri River to reach the Donald River confluence. The route follows the river upstream for approximately 30 minutes. Look for the track to Mackintosh Hut on the true right (west side) of the Donald River and then ascend up to Mackintosh Plateau and the hut.
Makahu Saddle Carpark (3 – 3.5 hr)
Proceed along the Matauria Ridge until meeting the steep descent into the Donald River. From the Donald river climb steeply up onto the Mackintosh Plateau and follow the track to reach Mackintosh 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.1 alertDurationDifficulty Advanced
Kaweka Road tramping tracksLocated in Kaweka Forest ParkFrom Kaweka Road you can access Makahu Saddle via Whittle Road. The saddle is a popular starting point for backcountry tramping trips.1 alertDurationDifficulty Advanced
NZTopo50 map sheet: BJ37
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1893021, N5641184
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