Waipawa Forks Hut

Image: Craig Harrison | DOC


This is a standard 12-bunk hut in the Hawke's Bay region.

Hut overview


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Heating
  • Mattresses
12 bunk beds

About this hut

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.

Getting there

Waipawa Forks Hut is accessed from North Block Road. 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.

Follow Sunrise track for approximately one hour, then drop steeply down to the Waipawa River. Waipawa Hut is located 200 m downstream on the true right of the river. Please note that it is dangerous to cross the river when water level is higher than normal.


NZTopo50 map sheet: BK36
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1871898, N5589732


  • 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.

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