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This is a standard six-bunk hut in the Manawatu.

Hut overview




Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Heating
  • Mattresses
6 bunk beds

About this hut

McKinnon Hut in the snow.
McKinnon Hut in the snow


  • Water source - tank
  • Heating source - woodstove

The view from McKinnon Hut.
The view from McKinnon Hut

Getting there

Vehicle access to Kawhatau Base through private land is no longer available.

Due to farm management issues, you must contact the landowner to make prior arrangements to cross private land at Rangitane Road-end. The gate will be locked so you will not be able to enter if you have not contacted the landowners. 

Access is now by walking up the Kawhatau River from the Rangitane road bridge across the Kawhatau River. Please note this route may not be accessible during times of high river flow.

To get to the Rangitane road bridge, head just north from Mangaweka and turn right off SH1. Cross the Rangitikei River and follow Kawhatau Valley Road. This eventually leads to Upper Kawhatau Valley Road which becomes Rangitane Road.


NZTopo50 map sheet: BK36
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1864993, N5591831


  • Adult (18+ years): $5 per night
  • Youth (11 - 17 years): $2.50 per night
  • Child/Infant (0 - 10 years): free

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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Phone:      +64 6 350 9700
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