Sunrise Hut at dawn
Image: Jack Mace | ©
Beds can be booked at this hut during the peak season (November - April). Outside of this period, hut tickets or hut passes must be used.
Located in the mid eastern Ruahine Forest Park, Sunrise Hut is situated on the tops of the Ruahine Range. This track is one of the most popular in the park. Sited in a tussock basin beside the bush edge at 1280m, the hut offers excellent views across the Hawke’s Bay.
The original hut was constructed in 1983 by NZFS. It was upgraded in 2005. This is a large hut that is a popular recreational destination for day trips or weekend visits. The hut is heated by a woodburner. It is a popular, easy walk for many family groups. In winter, there is generally snow around the hut.
There are no cooking facilities in the hut. Although you may be able to use the woodburner as a cooking source, it is advisable to take your own cookers.
Note: Respect the rights of others to use the facilities and ensure all rubbish and foodstuffs are removed on departure.
North Block Road is approximately 100 km from Napier. Follow State Highway 50 for 66 km and turn right into Wakarara Road. After 20 km, turn left into North Block Road. Follow North Block Road and continue on through the farm gates to the car park at the road end; Sunrise Tracks starts here. The last 4 km of this road is through private farmland. Dogs are not permitted. Please don’t disturb stock and leave gates as you found them.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BK36
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1871197, N5590932
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.
Sunrise Hut can be booked during the peak season (November - April).
Book Sunrise Hut online, or contact the Palmerston North Office.
Read the booking terms and conditions before you book.
For more information, including what you can expect as a 'booked' and 'non-booked' hut user, see Booking Rangiwahia and Sunrise huts.