Bookings not required - first come, first served
Altitude: 864 m above sea level.
Built in 1958, the hut is the best remaining example in Hawke’s Bay of the original Forest Service SF40 designed huts constructed in the 1960’s and 70’s throughout the country for deer cullers.
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.
Smiths Stream Hut can be accessed from North Block Road end. From State Highway 50, turn towards the ranges onto Wakarara Road. After 20 km, turn left into North Block Road and contine to the road end. The last 4 km of this road is through private farmland. Please don’t disturb stock and leave gates as you found them.
From the Sunrise carpark, follow the track for 1.5 km to the Waipawa River. Slightly upstream and on the southern side there is a signpost marking the start of the track, which follows the forest edge to the park boundary. It passes through open regenerating scrub and forest to Middle Stream, then crosses the river and climbs steeply to a 1104 m peak. The track then descends to Smiths Stream and follows this for approximately 1 km.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BL36
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1871199, N5584228
There are often rats in this hut - please take rat bait and help us get on top of the problem. Contact the Palmerston North Office (details below) to arrange.
Auckland, Northland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.