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Rogers Hut via Skips Hut, Whirinaki Forest Park, Hawke’s Bay

The pretty Skips Hut (Whangatawhia Hut) is just 1.5hr from the road end. Photo: Hazel Phillips
Better in daylight

Tramping in the dark can be exciting, but it means you don’t get to see anything much. So after tramping into Skips Hut (Whangatawhia) in the dark a couple of years ago, I thought I needed to go back and do it again in the daylight, to see what I missed.

It’s a bit of a drive to, and down, Okahu Road, where there are plenty of excellent camping spots, but Mid Okahu Hut, halfway along the road, has been removed. According to DOC, ‘Mid Okahu Hut has reached the end of its design life. Due to increased maintenance costs and health and safety concerns, the hut has been removed and will not be replaced.’ And so another one bites the dust.

It’s a light womble up and over to Skips Hut, gaining some 120m altitude in an easy...

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