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Midway Hut, Te Urewera National Park

Midway Hut. Photo: Hazel Phillips
Te Urewera National Park
Midway Hut ($5, nine bunks)
From Horomanga River off Troutbeck Road
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It’s just a three-hour walk up the Horomanga River to Midway Hut. It’s an easy walk but one with a multitude of river crossings so it might be best to do this one in summer when the water is cooling rather than freezing.

After 90-minutes you will reach a track junction at the Mangawhero Stream, reportedly the site of the old Mangawhero Hut, though it’s hard to tell where it once stood. From there it’s another 5.3km to Midway.

Chilly water aside, it isn’t a tramp to attempt after heavy rain; the track winds its way up the river, crossing it constantly, and the narrowness would render it tricky. Taupo Tramping Club wisdom has the number of river crossings each way at 46.

There are minimal track markers but the route is easy enough to follow – just keep an eye out for where the next entry point is after each crossing.

Midway Hut is in a picturesque location, up on a high bank away from the river with plenty of flat ground near the water.

NOTE: Midway Hut was destroyed by fire in early 2016.