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Upper Matakuhia Hut, Waipunga Conservation Area

Lunch at Upper Matakuhia Hut. Photo: Barbara Morris
Area
Waipunga Conservation Area
Distance
6.05km
Time
2-3hr
Grade
Easy/Moderate
Accom.
Upper Matakuhia Hut (free, eight bunks)
Access
Approximately 3km along Pine Milling Rd. Pohokura and Waipunga roads are the public access roads from the Napier-Taupo Highway. Check with DOC Murupara about access from Minginui via South and Boundary roads
Map
BH38
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Signposted from the now non-existent Matakuhia Saddle Hut, the track weaves its way through thick stands of toi toi, over large treefalls and a few streams. The final hour to the hut is a gentle amble along the forest floor on the true-left of the Matakuhia Stream.