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Kiritaki Hut, Ruahine Forest Park

Google Earth view of the route to Kiritaki Hut
Area
Ruahine Forest Park
Distance
5km
Time
3-4hr
Grade
Moderate
Accom.
Kiritaki Hut ($5, six bunks)
Access
From SH2 between Palmerston North and Gisbourne. From the small settlement of Maharahara West follow Top Grass Rd then Fairbrothers Rd to the start of the track near the farmhouse at the road end.
Map
BM35
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If an isolated getaway is what you,re after, then Kiritaki Hut is well worth considering.

From the road-end a well-marked trail leads up Oruakeretaki Stream before heading up a steep ridge to the hut, which has undergone restoration in recent times as have many of the huts in the area.

Deer are prolific in the area and hunting parties are common during the summer months.

The steep topography of the surrounding landscape and relatively low numbers of trampers in the area add to the feeling of isolation.