Dead Dog Hut


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Big Hill Stream, Ruahine Forest Park, North Island.

(06) 350 9700


This is a standard six-bunk hut located in Ruahine Forest Park in the Hawke's Bay region. Fees apply. Bookings not required - first come, first served. Facilities include open fire suitable for cooking, mattresses, non-flush toilets and water (not treated - boil before use). Dead Dog Hut was built in 1959 by the NZ Forest Service. Its unusual name derives from reports that several dogs owned by deer cullers resident in the hut at that time died from distemper. Situated at 500m altitude the area is relatively sheltered. Dead Dog Hut can be accessed from No Man's Road, from a private road through Bill Hill Station. An access permit and key, obtained via a ballot system, is required. 13km up the road is the access track to Dead Dog Hut. The 2 hour (3km) walk descends down to the river and the hut is 300m downstream on the true left. Before you go, buy 1 Standard Hut Ticket (blue for adults, yellow for youth) for each night's stay. Put this in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass that gives unlimited use at most Standard and Serviced huts for a 6 or 12-month period.

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Lat: -39.578114 Lng: 176.297678

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