Iron Gate Hut Track

Image: Dean Richards | DOC


Iron Gate Hut is a good day's hike along a sidle track up the Oroua River valley. Longer tramps are possible from this hut. Stay a night and return the same way.


Track overview

Walking and tramping

4 - 5 hr Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only

About this track


Follow the well formed track to Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Lodge and continue past the hut. The sidle track follows above the Oroua River all the way to Iron Gate Hut which is beside the river. While it doesn’t climb to any great height, the track does several steep descents and climbs in and out of side streams.

Getting there

Just past the village of Kimbolton turn right onto Apiti Road which then becomes Oroua Valley Road. Go through Apiti and take the second turn right onto Table Flat Road and continue for several kms. Turn left onto Petersons Road. Take this road to the car park on farmland at the end of the road.

Know before you go

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.


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