View from above Maungahuka Hut

Image: Joe Hansen | DOC


This is a standard 10-bunk hut in the Wairarapa region.

Hut overview


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  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Mattresses
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
10 bunk beds

About this hut

Maungahuka Hut is located below Maungahuka peak (1330 m) and is part of the Main Range hut network. It is a popular overnight destination for the Tararua Peaks circuit.

The current 10-bunk hut was built in 2006 to replace the original hut which was built in 1962 by the Forest Service to a 6-bunk S70 design hut.

Getting there

Maungahuka Hut is best accessed from Otaki Forks on the western side of the Tararua Ranges, or Holdsworth Road-end on the eastern side.

From Otaki Forks

Ōtaki Forks is 19 km inland from Ōtaki township – approximately 1 hr 30 min drive from Wellington or Palmerston North. The easiest turnoff from SH1 is at Ōtaki Gorge Road, just south of the SH1 bridge over the Ōtaki River. The last 5 km of the Ōtaki Gorge Road is unsealed, narrow and windy – drive carefully.

From Otaki Forks, tramp to Kime Hut (5-6 hours) then cross the peaks to Maungahuka Hut (another 4 hours).

From Holdsworth Road end

2 km south of Masterton, turn off SH2 into Norfolk Road, which turns into Mt Holdsworth Road. Follow signs to Tararua Forest Park, about 15 km from SH2.

From here, climb to Neill Forks Hut via Totara Flats and Cone Ridge (8 hours), then continue on to Maungahuka Hut (another 3 hours).

Mangahuka Hut is 6 hours from Anderson Memorial Hut.


NZTopo50 map sheet: BP33
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1796565, N5468366


  • Adult (18+ years): $5 per night
  • Youth (11 – 17 years): $2.50 per night
  • Child/Infant (0 – 10 years): free

Before you go, buy 1 Standard Hut Ticket (blue for adults, yellow for youth) for each night's stay. Put this in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass that gives unlimited use at most Standard and Serviced huts for a 6 or 12-month period.

More about hut tickets and passes

Know before you go

There is no heating at Maungahuka Hut so it can get quite cold. Go prepared with extra layers/warm clothing.

Visibility is often very poor on the Main Range. Only experienced and properly equipped trampers should attempt to cross the Tararua Peaks, especially during winter conditions.


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