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Leon Kinvig Hut, Ruahine Forest Park

Photo: Juliet Jones
Ruahine Forest Park
Leon Kinvig Hut (standard, eight bunks)
Limestone Road out past Apiti, Manawatu
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From the Limestone Road end car park, climb to the high ridges of the Ngamoko Range via Knights Track. Like all Ruahine Forest Park tracks, there are no gentle zigzags here – it is straight up, a climb of 700m through beech forest, stunted alpine leatherwood and onto the tussock-covered ridge.

The views from the tops – peaking at around 1519m are the ultimate reward, gazing across at Mt Taranaki, Mt Ruapehu and to the farmland below. And then it was all downhill – all 700m of it – to the knee-deep Pohangina River and across to reach the eight-bunk hut.

The hut is named after a Forest Service deer culler who drowned while crossing a river nearby.

To head out, retrace your steps to the tops and continue along Knights Track back to the car park. An alternative route down Shorts Track is also possible.

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