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Waikamaka Hut, Ruahine Forest Park

Google Earth image of the route to Waikamaka Hut
Area
Eastern Ruahine Forest Park
Distance
6.65km
Time
4-5hr
Grade
Moderate
Access
Via SH50 from either Napier/Hastings or Dannevirke, to Wakarara Rd. Follow this for about 20km to North Block Rd, then follow this road to the end
Map
BK36
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The marked track up the Waipawa River is not accessible so this is a wet feet river bash – some 20 crossings are required on the way to Waipawa Forks Hut (12 bunks).

Overgrowth on the next section pushes trampers back into the stream. Waipawa Saddle offers grand views of the surrounding countryside and from here it’s a short tramp to Waikamaka Hut (8 bunks).