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 . . . 836m

bunks . . . 6

built . . . 1960s, refurbished 2010s

heating . . . open fire, smokes

water . . . 40m walk to creek

toilet . . . longdrop

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