Gas cooking facilities have been removed. You must bring your own portable cooking stoves. There is a wood burner in the hut for heating, which may be used for cooking.
Take some fire lighting equipment. Wood is supplied but dry kindling would be useful.
Backcountry Hut Passes can be used at this hut. To pay with your Backcountry Hut Pass, create/update your account on our booking system. Under 'Apply for a discount', select 'Backcountry Hut Pass Holder' and upload a scan of your pass. Once we've verified your pass, it will automatically be applied when you make a booking.
Bookings are open for stays up to 30 June 2023.
Bookings are required all year.
A $10 service fee applies to phone and in-person booking. This is a limited service – book online first. An in-person booking is dependent on there being space available.
Your hut booking is for any bunk bed, not for a specific bunk bed – select your bunk bed on arrival.
The start of the Rangiwahia Hut track is accessed from the Renfrew Roadend car park. To get there, travel to the settlement of Rangiwahia, then turn on to Te Parapara Road and continue on to Renfrew Road. Follow this to the carpark at the road end. Please make sure you leave all gates as you find them and take care around livestock.
Rangiwahia Hut sits above the bush line on the Whanahuia Range. A well-defined track zig zags over an old slip, through the beech forest up to the tussock covered open tops. It is a two - three hour walk, depending on your fitness and how often you stop to take advantage of the views.
The Rangiwahia-Deadmans Loop (7 - 9 hours) is a good option to stretch your legs and explore the tops on a clear day, but due to travel on open tops this should not be attempted in poor visibility or bad weather.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BL36
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1857993, N5579922
You don’t have to be an expert mountaineer to explore exhilarating alpine environments. The Manawatu has a great option for first-time alpine adventurers.
Ongoing/dates vary: Volunteer at Sunrise and Rangiwahia huts in Ruahine Forest Park.