Rangiwahia Hut

Image: Peter Daly | Creative Commons


This is a serviced 12-bunk hut in the Manawatu region.


10 July 2020: Booking with Apple iPhone or iPad 

Due to a technical issue, you can't currently make a booking with an Apple iPhone or iPad. We are working on this. In the meantime, please use a desktop or laptop instead of these devices.

Hut overview

Easy walk from road end

1-3 hours


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Heating
  • Mattresses
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
12 bunk beds

Seasonal restrictions

Labour weekend - 30 April

Bookings required.

1 May up to Labour weekend

Bookings not required but fees still apply.

About this hut


  • Water source - tank
  • Heating source - wood burner

Gas cooking facilities have been removed. You must bring your own portable cooking stoves. There is a wood burner in the hut for heating, which may be used for cooking.

Take some fire lighting equipment. Wood is supplied but dry kindling would be useful.

Getting there

The start of the Rangiwahia Hut track is accessed from the Renfrew Roadend car park. To get there, travel to the settlement of Rangiwahia, then turn on to Te Parapara Road and continue on to Renfrew Road. Follow this to the carpark at the road end. Please make sure you leave all gates as you find them and take care around livestock.

Rangiwahia Hut sits above the bush line on the Whanahuia Range. A well-defined track zig zags over an old slip, through the beech forest up to the tussock covered open tops. It is a two - three hour walk, depending on your fitness and how often you stop to take advantage of the views.

The Rangiwahia-Deadmans Loop (7 - 9 hours) is a good option to stretch your legs and explore the tops on a clear day, but due to travel on open tops this should not be attempted in poor visibility or bad weather.


NZTopo50 map sheet: BL36
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1857993, N5579922


  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Youth (11 - 17 years): $7.50 per night
  • Child/Infant: (0 - 10 years): free
Labour weekend - 30 April

Pay at the time of booking.

Backcountry Hut Passes can be used at this hut. To pay with your Backcountry Hut Pass, create/update your account on our booking system. Under 'Apply for a discount', select 'Backcountry Hut Pass Holder' and upload a scan of your pass. Once we've verified your pass, it will automatically be applied when you make a booking.

1 May up to Labour weekend

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.

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Bookings are open for stays from 23 October 2020 to 30 April 2021.

Labour weekend to 30 April

Bookings are required. For more information, including what you can expect as a 'booked' and 'non-booked' hut user, see Booking Rangiwahia and Sunrise Huts.

Book Rangiwahia Hut online

A $10 service fee applies to all phone, email and in-person bookings.

Your hut booking is for any bunk bed, not for a specific bunk bed - select your bunk bed on arrival.

1 May up to Labour weekend

Bookings not required - first come, first served


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