Sit on the deck and enjoy views out to the Taranaki coastline, or go for a short walk to photograph reflections of Mt Taranaki in the Pouakai tarns.
An hour's tramp will take you down into the mighty Ahukawakawa Swamp with its unique flora and fauna.
Views of the Taranaki coastline from Pouakai Hut
NZTopo50 map sheet: BJ29
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1689592, N5656608
Before you go, buy 1 Serviced Hut Ticket (green for adults, orange for youth) or 3 Standard Hut Tickets (blue for adults, yellow for youth) for each night's stay. Put these in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass for unlimited use at most Serviced and Standard huts for a 6 or 12 month period.
During the busy summer months it's a good idea to bring your own sleeping mat - just in case the bunks are full.