IntroductionTe Puia Hut provides a great overnight tramp for families with children or new trampers.
Easy walk from road end
- Toilets - non-flush
- Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
- The hut can be busy or full on weekends, holidays and during the roar (March–May)
- Makahu Road may be closed in times of heavy rainfall – check with Hastings District Council for road closures
Te Puia Hut lies on the banks of the scenic Mohaka River – swim, fish for trout, or keep a look out for the rare blue duck/whio. From the hut, walk to Mangatainoka Hot Springs for a soak.
The hut is a popular destination for day trips, overnight and longer tramps, as well as for hunters.
- Bunks – platform (shared) bunks with mattresses
- Water supply – cold water from a rain collection tank
- Heating – wood burner
- Solar lighting in the communal kitchen area
- Long drop toilet a short walk from the hut
- Space for camping outside the hut
Note: Gas is longer be supplied to Te Puia Hut.
- Sleeping bag
- Cooking stove, pots/pans and utensils
- Toilet paper
- Rubbish bag
- Newspaper/firelighters and matches/lighter for the wood burner/fire
The original lodge was constructed in 1973 but was destroyed by fire within a short time of completion. It was replaced by a similar lodge in 1975 and upgraded in 1994.
- Adult (18+ years): $25 per night
- Child/youth (5–17 years): $12.50 per night
- Infant (0–4 years): free
Before you go, buy 1 Serviced Hut Ticket (green) or 1 Serviced Youth Hut Tickets (red) for each night's stay. Put these in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass for unlimited use at most Serviced and Standard huts for a 6 or 12 month period.
- From Makahu Road: 2–3 hr
- From Makino Hut: 1 hr 30 min
Getting to Makahu Road
Makahu Road is 75 km north-west of Napier. From Napier follow Puketitiri Road for 40 km before turning right into Pakaututu Road. Makahu Road is 9 km on the left.
At the very end of the road, 500 metres from the Mangatutu Hot Springs and camping area, is "The Gums" parking area and shelter. The tracks to Te Puia Lodge and Mangatainoka Hot Springs begin here.
The trip involves about 1 hr of travel on unsealed gravel roads. There is a river ford on Makahu Road 7.5 km from the road end – heavy rain and snow melt can affect the water level.
Makahu Road is steep and narrow in places. It may be slippery when wet. Take extra caution driving this road.
The road is not suitable for caravans or campervans.
Check with Hasting's District Council for road closures.
Tracks to this hut
Te Puia Hut Track and Mangatainoka Hot SpringsLocated in Kaweka Forest ParkWalk to Te Puia Hut for an easy overnight tramp, or continue on to hot springs surrounded by bush and with river views.1 alertDuration 1–2 daysDifficulty Intermediate
Makahu Road tramping tracksLocated in Kaweka Forest ParkThe narrow Makahu Road provides access to the Makino and Middle Hill huts.1 alertDurationDifficulty Advanced
NZTopo50 map sheet: BH37
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1894574, N5658562
Wasp populations may increase in the warmer months – wear light-coloured clothing and carry appropriate medication.
Climate: The hut can experience brief snowfalls during cold southerly weather and strong westerly winds.