No vehicle access to Kawhatau base
See the 'Getting there' section for alternative access infromation.
McKinnon Hut in the snow
- Water source - tank
- Heating source - woodstove
The view from McKinnon Hut
Previously there has been vehicle access to Kawhatau base through private land but this access is no longer available.
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.
Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet BK36, E1864993, N5591831
Park or reserve
Plan and prepare
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.
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