Bookings not required - first come, first served
Te Puia Hut lies on the banks of the scenic Mohaka River – swim, fish for trout, or keep a look out for the rare blue duck/whio. From the hut, walk to Mangatainoka Hot Springs for a soak.
The hut is a popular destination for day trips, overnight and longer tramps, as well as for hunters.
The original lodge was constructed in 1973 but was destroyed by fire within a short time of completion. It was replaced by a similar lodge in 1975 and upgraded in 1994.
Before you go, buy 1 Serviced Hut Ticket (green) or 3 Standard Hut Tickets (blue for adults, yellow for youth) for each night's stay. Put these in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass for unlimited use at most Serviced and Standard huts for a 6 or 12 month period.
Makahu Road is 75 km north-west of Napier. From Napier follow Puketitiri Road for 40 km before turning right into Pakaututu Road. Makahu Road is 9 km on the left.
At the very end of the road, 500 metres from the Mangatutu Hot Springs and camping area, is "The Gums" parking area and shelter. The tracks to Te Puia Lodge and Mangatainoka Hot Springs begin here.
The trip involves about 1 hr of travel on unsealed gravel roads. There is a river ford on Makahu Road 7.5 km from the road end – heavy rain and snow melt can affect the water level.
Makahu Road is steep and narrow in places. It may be slippery when wet. Take extra caution driving this road.
The road is not suitable for caravans or campervans.
Check with Hasting's District Council for road closures.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BH37
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1894574, N5658562
Wasp populations may increase in the warmer months – wear light-coloured clothing and carry appropriate medication.
Climate: The hut can experience brief snowfalls during cold southerly weather and strong westerly winds.