Te Puke hut is located in the upper central region of the Kaweka Forest Park, at the southern end of the Te Pukeohikarua Tops.
Originally a typical New Zealand Forest Service six bunk hut (mid 1960s), the hut was fully modified during the 2002 summer.
It's popular for fly-in hunters and trampers completing the east to west or west to east Kaweka crossings. The hut also provides access to the northern areas of the park.
There is a helipad located beyond the water supply creek on a ridge 80 metres above and to the north of the hut. Flight availability and costs can be obtained from helicopter concessionaires in the central North Island.
Main tracks are from the west (Harkness Hut: 2.5 – 3 hours) and the south-east (Mangaturutu Hut: 3 hours)
NZTopo50 map sheet: BJ37
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1882982, N5656629
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.
Snow can fall at any time during the year and although the hut is sheltered from the strong westerly winds, the nearby tops can experience severe gales on occasions.