Shutes Hut (Historic)


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Taruarau River, Ruahine Forest Park, North Island

(06) 350 9700


This is a standard four-bunk hut in the Ruahine Forest Park. Fees apply. Bookings not required - first come, first served. Shutes Hut is a rabbiters hut (4.0m x 2.4m) built of local stone and cement mortar which was laboriously packed in. It has a gabled roof with corrugated iron cladding. There is a fireplace at one end and it has a concrete floor. Shutes Hut is backed by mature trees to the south and open grass to the north. The hut stands in a grassy clearing surrounded by pine trees. The area is popular for hunting and the nearby Taruarau River is noted for its trout fishing. Facilities include mattresses, water from a stream, heating, and long drop style toilet. Please respect the rights of others to use the facilities and ensure all rubbish and foodstuffs are removed on departure. Shute's Hut is accessed from No Man's Road, via a private road through Big Hill Station. An access permit, obtained through a ballot system, is required. After travelling 5 km from the park boundary on No Man's Road, a short track leads to Ruahine Hut. The track to Shute's Hut begins on the upper edge of this clearing and heads north through regenerating manuka, kanuka and beech forest. 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: -39.511756 Lng: 176.292648

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