Top Wairoa Hut | Mt Richmond Forest Park

After the gloom of Mid Wairoa this hut is full on light and vibrancy, the hut painted in the startling Rescue Orange hue, and, err, perhaps that’s going overboard about all the light, certainly true in comparison with the gloom of Mid Wairoa.

Another original, almost, NZFS hut that retains its open fireplace, a smoky experience apparently, according to the hut book, you get the fire going but have to open the door and windows. Those were the days.

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category . . . standard hut

hut fee . . . . 1 hut ticket or backcountry hut pass, free to camp

elevation . . . 836 m

bunks . . . 6

built . . . 1960s, refurbished 2010s

heating . . . open fire, smokes

water . . . 40 m walk down to creek

toilet . . . longdrop

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