IntroductionThis is a standard 12-bunk hut in the Hawke's Bay region.
- Toilets - non-flush
- Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
Waipawa Forks hut is a large hut that is a popular recreational destination for day trips or weekend visits. The original hut was constructed in 1970 by the New Zealand Forest Service. It is 790m above sea level.
- 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.
Waipawa Forks Hut can be accessed from two tracks:
- North Block Road to Waipawa Forks Hut via Waipawa Forks Hut Track: 2 hr, 4.5 km one way
- North Block Road to Waipawa Forks Hut via Waipawa River.
Waipawa Forks Hut via Waipawa River
Time: 2 hr one way
Distance: 4.5 km one way
From the carpark follow an unmarked river route. This river route is not a DOC managed track or route. Do not expect DOC markers or track formation.
It’s dangerous to cross or follow the river when the water level is high which can occur during or after heavy rain. How to cross rivers safely.
Tracks to this hut
Waipawa Forks Hut TrackLocated in Ruahine Forest ParkThis track takes you from Sunrise Track to Waipawa Forks Hut.Duration 45 mins one wayDifficulty Advanced
Smiths Stream Hut trackLocated in Ruahine Forest ParkThis tramping track takes you from the North Block Road carpark to Smiths Stream Hut.Duration 4 hr one wayDifficulty Advanced
NZTopo50 map sheet: BK36
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1871898, N5589732