Waiopehu Hut sits on the bushline at 900 m. On clear days, there are good views across the plains and east to the Tararua high peaks.
The first Waiopehu Hut was built by the Levin Waiopehu Tramping Club in 1928. In 1936, a severe storm destroyed the hut so a second hut was built and officially opened on 17 May 1947. In March 2002, DOC acquired 100 ha of private land along Waiopehu Ridge, including much of the track and hut site. On 11 May 2002, a third hut was opened at a new site a little further up the ridge.
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.
The hut is best accessed from Levin on the western side of the Tararua Forest Park.
Poads Road road end to Waiopehu Hut:
NZTopo50 map sheet: BN33
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1799060, N5488950
Auckland, Northland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.