Rangiwahia Hut

Image: Peter Daly | Creative Commons


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

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

Beds can be booked during peak season (Labour Weekend – April). Outside this period, hut tickets or hut passes must be used.

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
During the booking period

Fees are paid at the time of booking. If you want to use a Backcountry Hut Pass contact the Palmerston North Office. 

Outside the booking period

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.

Read more about hut tickets and passes  


Rangiwahia Hut can be booked during the peak season (November - April). During the rest of the year, hut tickets or hut passes are to be used.

Book Rangiwahia Hut online, or contact the Palmerston North Office. 

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


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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