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Staircase Hut, Waianakarua Scenic Reserve

Staircase Hut. Photo: Max Olsen
Area
Waianakarua Scenic Reserve
Distance
7.09km
Time
5hr
Grade
Easy/Moderate
Accom.
Staircase Hut (free, six bunks)
Access
From Mount Misery Rd, off Herbert Hampden Rd. This hut is privately owned by the New Zealand Deer Stalkers Association. Users should contact the Palmerston Branch.
Map
CC17
Notes & Map
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This little-known hunter’s hut in Waianakarua Scenic Reserve is a good getaway for those wanting a wilderness trip but not prepared to drive for hours out of Dunedin to get it.

From the forestry road car park, follow a well-defined track through tall kanuka forest.

Only twenty minutes from the road, you will reach a steep-sided gorge through which the Waianakarua River Middle Branch runs.

Head upstream for about 500m until reaching an old totara with a marker attached.

Take the spur above the river to Pt473 and on to Pt499.

At this point the trail emerges from manuka and kanuka scrub onto tussocky slopes.

Continue along the tops and descend ‘Staircase Spur’ to the hut.

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