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Penn Creek Hut, Tararua Forest Park

Penn Creek Hut. Photo: Sarah Miller
Area
Tararua Forest Park
Distance
9.87km
Total Ascent
Moderate
Time
4-6hr
Grade
Easy
Accom.
Penn Creek Hut (standard, six bunks); Field Hut (standard, 20 bunks)
Access
From Otaki Forks, off SH1 just south of the Otaki River
Map
BP33
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A steady, some might say relentless, climb from Otaki Forks to gain 900m altitude will get trampers to the turn-off to Penn Creek Hut (six-bunks), having first passed such landmarks as Tirotiro Knob, Field Hut and Table Top (1047m).

From Table Top it is a long and steep descent to Penn Creek and the hut.

Tracks in this area can be overgrown, so unless you have solid navigation skills, the best route out is to retrace your steps.