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Beds can be booked during peak season (Labour Weekend – April). Outside this period, hut tickets or hut passes must be used.
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.
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
Fees are paid at the time of booking. If you want to use a Backcountry Hut Pass contact the Palmerston North Office.
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.
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.
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Palmerston North 4410
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Manawatu Mail Centre
Palmerston North 4442
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