This mountaineers hut is located high up beside the Whangaehu valley on the slopes on the active volcano Mt Ruapehu. It is a great location for climbing, ski touring and generally exploring this remote area of the Tongariro National Park.
At 2080m, above the Whangaehu River, east side of Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park.
Detailed map below.
Off Desert Rd to Tukino Skifield, then 1.5hrs on poled/cairned route from road end, 15m marker pole close to the hut.
Hut is not locked. If you have a 4WD and want access through the locked gate, there is a $20 key deposit.
4 double bunks with mattresses (so can sleep 8), water tank, some utensils.
Fees are payable here, or to the NZAC National Office, PO Box 786, Christchurch 8140. Rates as from 1 November 2013.
Members $10 per night
Non-members $20 per night
No bookings possible.
Contact: Richard Knott ph 027 3486657, or email. The hut is open, so can’t be reserved, but by contacting Richard first, you will be able to gain access through the ski-field locked gate and get an idea of who else may be using the hut at a given time.
The Auckland Section of NZAC often runs courses and trips in this area. To find out more, please check out their section page.