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Family night out

A family beings the walk out from Huxley Forks Hut. Photo: Rob Brown
Total Ascent
Ram Hill car park to Monument Hut, 2-3hr; Monument Hut to Huxley Forks Hut, 3-4hr
Monument Hut ($5, six bunks); Huxley Forks Hut ($5, six bunks)
ake Lake Ohau Road to Ram Hill car park, opposite Huxley Lodge. 4WD vehicles can drive a further 8km to Monument Hut
Huxley Forks Hut, Ruataniwha Conservation Park

Inland from Lake Ohau is a gem of a side valley which branches off the major tributary of the Hopkins Valley. Ask around a few southern outdoors folk and chances are you’ll hear a story about one of their earliest memories of venturing into the mountains here. A number of schools use this valley for school camps.

It’s an easy 3-4hr walk from Monument Hut, alongside the Huxley River, to the junction of the north and south branches of this river and where Huxley Forks Hut is sited. It’s only possible to tramp this way if the rivers are running at normal flow – keep clear if there is a nor-west storm passing through the mountains.

Huxley Forks Hut (labelled on maps as Main Huxley Forks Hut) was built in 1955 for deer cullers. The chosen...

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