Smiths Stream Hut

Image: Jonathan Saunders | Creative Commons


This is a standard four-bunk hut in the Hawke's Bay region.

Hut overview


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


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

About this hut

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.

  • Water source - rainwater tank
  • Heating source - open fire

Getting there

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


  • Adult (18+ years): $5 per night
  • Youth (11 – 17 years): $2.50 per night
  • Child/Infant (0 – 10 years): free

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.

More about hut tickets and passes

Know before you go


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.


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