Where: Situated on the banks of the Mohaka river, from SH5 head to Puketitiri and then, Pakaututu Rd and onto Makahu Rd.
The Tramp: I walked to Te Puia Hut (lodge) in the Kaweka forest park with my 6 year old and came across a few other families. The walk to the hut from the car park is max 2-3 hrs for adults and took us 3.5 to complete with small legs.
The Hut: The hut is large with enough spaces on two communal bunk beds for 26 people. We were lucky enough to have the whole place to ourselves. There is a river right outside (where you may see whio) and a further 45 min walk past the hut are natural hot springs that have been rigged up to 2 spa baths. Great after walking in! There’s a freestanding fireplace and gas cooking in the hut. Pre purchase tickets before going, super cost effective, $15 adult, 0-10 years free (bookings not required).
Important to know: The road to the hut requires crossing a small ford so essential to check rainfall before going.
Visited by: Cara McDonald Neely and 6 year old 🙂