Above Purity Hut, Hikurangi Range

Image: Jonathan Astin | ©


A steep climb to this hut nestled above the bushline on the Hikurangi Range in the Ruahine Forest Park.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

3 - 4 hr Advanced: Tramping track

Seasonal restrictions

May be closed during lambing season (1 September - 31 October). You must get prior permission from the landowner to access the track. Details below.

Dog access

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

About this track


Follow the poled route across farmland from the carpark. After an initial flat section of 30-40 minutes, the track climbs steeply for another 30-40 minutes to reach the Ruahine Forest Park boundary. From here the track climbs up through the red beech and kaikawaka forest at reasonably steep grade until reaching Purity Hut amongst the tussock.

To tramp to Mangaweka Trig from Purity Hut allow another 2 hr. Other options exist to hike over the Hikurangi Range and down to Waterfall Hut in the Upper Kawhatau River, along the Hikurangi Range to McKinnon Hut and via Wooden Peg on the Hikurangi Range down to Kelly Knight Hut in the Pourangaki River. These trips are all classified as routes due to travel on the often unmarked open tops and should not be attempted in poor visibility.

Getting there

Heading just north from Mangaweka turn right off SH1, cross the Rangitikei River and follow Kawhatau Valley Road. This eventually leads to Upper Kawhatau Valley Road and not far past this turn right onto Mangakukeke Road. Follow this to the carpark at the end.


You must phone the landowner to get prior permission to access the Purity Hut track. 
Contact Richard Gorringe on +64 6 3825856. Please consider going elsewhere during lambing (1 September to 31 October). 

Nature and conservation

Purity Hut sits above bush line on the Hikurangi Range. Red beech forest mixes with broadleaf species and some remaining kaikawaka (mountain cedar) in this area.  The tussock slopes above Purity lead to the Ruahine Forest Park’s highest point – Mangaweka (1733 m), often covered with winter snow. The hut has spectacular views right to the central North Island mountains.

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.


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