Friday, 22 March 2024 at 10:00 AM to Sunday, 31 March 2024 at 7:00 PM
Organiser: Justin Atkinson
Come join me on a totally non-suspicious hut trip with totally no arson! Besides, there's plenty of definitions for the word "burn"...
Burn Hut is the northernmost hut in the Tararuas. It's an easy-medium 3-4 hour walk to the hut from the northern Mangahao Dam No. 2. The first hour involves river travel, before ascending into the hills. There used to be a lot of leatherwood, but recent track maintenance has reduced it. On day 2 we can either backtrack the way we came or continue round the loop track to the southern Mangahao Dam No. 1. The latter would also be 3-4 hours, but would also involve another hour's trek up the road back to the car.
Just a warning about a potential deal-breaker: according to DOC, the "toilet at Burn Hut has blown over and is unusable." You COULD hold on for 2 days, but you could also ditch the hygiene conveniences of modern society for a bit. I'm hoping this scares off potential bunk stealers at the hut, but we'll take tents just in case.
DOC info: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/wellington-kapiti/places/tararua-forest-park/things-to-do/huts/burn-hut/
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