McKinnon Hut

Hut category



 6 Bunks

Hut details

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.

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.


Hut location

Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet BK36, E1864993, N5591831

Park or reserve

Plan and prepare


No vehicle access to Kawhatau base. 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. 

Location map

Location map of McKinnon Hut.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies


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