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.
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.
From Napier, follow Puketitiri Road for 40 km, then turn into Pakaututu Road. Follow this for 9 km then turn into Makahu Road and follow this for a further 10 km to the end.
The trip involves about 1 hr of travel on unsealed gravel roads, as well as a river ford on Makahu Road 7.5 km from the road end. Take care when driving through the ford as heavy rain and snow melt can affect the water level.
The road is narrow, and may be slippery when wet. Check with Hastings District Council for temporary road closures.
Makahu Road is not suitable for caravans or campervans.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BH37
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1894574, N5658562
Before you go, buy 1 Serviced Hut Ticket (green for adults, orange for youth) or 3 Standard Hut Tickets (blue for adults, yellow for youth) 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.
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.