Iron Gate Hut

Image: Brian Dobbie | ©


This is a standard ten-bunk hut in the Manawatu. This hut sits in a clearing beside the Oroua River.

Hut overview


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Heating
  • Mattresses
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from stream
10 bunk beds

About this hut

Rebuilt in 2019 in partnership with the New Zealand Defence Force, Iron Gate Hut offers a cosy shelter for an overnight return tramp or can be visited as part of a longer multi-day tramp.

There are kiwi and whio present in this area and a trapping programme has been set up to protect these endangered species. To find out more or get involved, see the Ruahine Whio Protectors website.


  • Heating source – woodburner
  • Platform bunks

Getting there

Iron Gate Hut is a 4–5 hour walk from Petersons Roadend, off Table Flat Road in the Oroua Valley.


NZTopo50 map sheet: BL36
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1861396, N5576021


  • 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.

More about hut tickets and passes


Te Papaioea / Palmerston North Office
Phone:   +64 6 350 9700
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   28 North Street
Palmerston North 4410
Postal Address:   Private Bag 11010
Manawatu Mail Centre
Palmerston North 4442
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