Poutaki Hut was reconstructed from parts of the old Makaroro Base Hut and built by NZFS Rangers Robin Oliver and Brian Maplesden in 1983 as a recreational hut. It replaced the Puketoi Musterers Hut situated 100 metres east of here, which has since burned down.
In 2021 Poutaki Hut was restored by volunteers funded by the Backcountry Trust.
The most common access route begins at the end of Leatherwood Road on the western side of the Wakarara Range, inside Gwavas Forest owned by PanPac Forestries. Foot access is permitted to the start of the track via Wakarara road from Ellis (Murderers) Hut or the Wakarara Roadend carpark.
This track is not shown on some maps, but is well-cut and marked. From the end of Leatherwood Road the track climbs the spur steeply and eases off before the summit of Poutaki (1020m). Walk past the radio mast and drop steeply down the track for several minutes before reaching the hut on a north-east facing clearing.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BK37
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1884204, N5597140
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