Tracks starting at No Man's Road give access to a number of backcountry huts in the Eastern Ruahine Forest Park.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Advanced: Tramping track

Seasonal restrictions

Access permit required to use No Man's Road  - application details.

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


No Man's Road to Diane's Hut

Time: 1 hr

Five kilometres along No Man’s Road from the Ruahine Hut turnoff, the road continues south west to reach Lessong’s Monument, built by the surveyor Lessong in the 1880’s. Eight hundred metres from the monument a track heads north from the road to reach Diane’s Hut.

Dianes Hut to Taruarau Bivvy

Time: 2 hr - 2 hr 30 min

From Dianes Hut a track climbs steeply to the Taruarau Ridge (1 hour) and then to Taruarau Bivvy (a further 15 minutes). The track passes through beech forest and tussock scrub. There are views to the Kaweka Range.

No Man's Road to Dead Dog Hut

Time: 2 hr

3 kilometres from Lessong’s Monument a track leaves No Man’s Road heading east and descends steeply to Dead Dog Hut.

Dead Dog Hut to Herricks Hut

Time: 2 hr 30 min - 3 hr

To reach Herrick Hut, follow the river for approximately 3 kilometres to reach a sign which marks a side track leading to the hut (a further 3 kilometres).

Ruahine Hut to Shutes Hut track

Time: 5 - 6 hr

After travelling 5 kilometres on No Man's Road from the park boundary, a short 4WD track leads to Ruahine Hut.

The track to Shutes Hut starts on the upper edge of the clearing by Ruahine Hut and heads north through regenerating manuka and kanuka and beech forest.

Shutes Hut was built in 1920 and is an old rabbiters hut made of stone and held together with cement that was manually packed into the remote area. The first, and for many years the only, regular occupant was Alex Shute who led a solitary life rabbiting. He planted a small orchard nearby as well as pine and gum trees.

The hut stands in a grassy clearing surrounded by pine trees. The area is popular for hunting and the nearby Taruarau river is noted for its trout fishing.

Getting there

No Man's Road is reached via Big Hill Road. Big Hill Road is approximately 45 km from Hastings or 60 km from Napier. Follow State Highway 50 to Maraekakaho and turn right into Kereru Road. On reaching Kereru, turn right into Big Hill Road.

No Man's Road is a 22 kilometre, 4WD road that climbs to the open tops of the north eastern Ruahine Range. It provides access to a varied network of huts and tracks for hunters and trampers.

Know before you go

No Man's Road is a 4WD access track. It is not suitable for 2WD vehicles.

Access to No Man’s Road is via private land (Big Hill Station). Access is restricted; you must have an access permit to cross Big Hill Station.

No Mans Hut and Te Koau Hut are a privately owned and are not part of the land managed by DOC. To enquire about staying in these huts, phone Peter Steedman on +64 27 498 8910 or email


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