This is an unmarked riverbed route to Stanfield Hut from Tamaki Road end in Eastern Ruahine Forest Park.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

1 hr 30 min - 2 hr Expert: Route

Dog access

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

About this track


Commencing from the end of the picnic area, the river bed route to Stanfield Hut is unmarked but generally easy to follow.

It is possible to return to the road end via the Holmes Ridge track which adds a further 30 minutes to the trip. The track commences approximately 20 minutes downriver on the true left from the hut and rises steeply to a 4WD grassed track.

About an hour from the road end, downriver from a small stream junction is the Rimu Walk which climbs steeply for one hour to Takapari Road.

There are further tramping opportunities from Stanfield Hut northwards to Cattle Creek Hut.

Getting there

The Stanfield Hut route starts at Tamaki Road end, located 13 km from Dannevirke. Dannevirke is 85 km from Napier on State Highway 2. North from Dannevirke, turn left into Ruahine Street which leads into Umutaoroa Road after 1.2 km. Travel for another 5.4 km, then turn left into Top Grass Road. Tamaki Road is located 2.3 km on your right.

Know before you go


Te Papaioea / Palmerston North Office
Phone:   +64 6 350 9700
Address:   28 North Street
Palmerston North 4410
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