Atiwhakatu Hut Walk
|Location: East Coast, North Island, Wairapa|
|Nearest Town: Masterton|
|Nearest City: Wellington|
|Length of tramp: 14km|
|Time needed: 2 hours 30 minutes to the Hut|
|Route: Bouble Back.|
|Elevation: 313m to 506m|
|Wet Feet: No|
|Toilets: Yes, at Holdsworth lodge and a long drop at Atiwhakatu Hut|
|Mobile phone coverage: No|
|Date this tramp was last walked: 2007|
|Track quality: Good, the track can change year to year because of slips and flooding
|Shops/restaurants: Only in Masterton
|Petrol station: Only in Masterton
|Hazards: Rain Rain Rain
|Water: Yes,from the lodge and out of the creeks
|Driving Instructions: From down town Masterton, Drive south on highway 2 as if you were driving to windy Wellington. At 4.8 km you should be driving over the Waingawa River bridge. Drive another 800m, you need to turn to the right in to Norfolk Rd. Look for the sign to Tararua Rangers and Holdsworth Lodge. The drive out to the lodge is 15km. At 10.5km you will cross over a small bridge, take the road to the hard left. The road is sealed up to the main gate.
|Camping on track: Yes, where ever you can find a flat tent site next to the creek.
|Track highlights: Thousands of acres of prime NZ native bush. Gallons of fresh pure mountain water flowing into the Atiwhakatu river. Hunter’s and tramper’s paradise. And good for trout fishing,
only in the season of cause. You can cross from the east coast to the west coast from here,
plus walk all the way to Wellington. Or walk north to Palmerston North. Easy tracks to follow, but very very cold and windy on the open
tops, even in summer. Nice new hut.
Photos of the new hut were very kindly supplied by Luke Johnson - thanks so much.
Map of Atiwhakatu Hut Walk :
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Detailed track description for
Atiwhakatu Hut Walk:
Atiwhakatu Hut Walk - Start
Atiwhakatu Hut Walk - Points 2
Atiwhakatu Hut Walk - Points 3
Atiwhakatu Hut Walk - Points 4
Atiwhakatu Hut Walk - Points 5
Atiwhakatu Hut Walk - Points 6
From the alloy bridge onto the hut is straightforward going except for a couple of small slips, it seems a hassle getting around this slip, but that’s only because the walk so far has been excellent. The board walks help with the boggy areas and make for a pleasant change.
Atiwhakatu Hut Walk - Points 7