#31 – 31st December 2013
The Mangaehuehu Hut is situated on Mt Ruapehu’s ‘Round the Mountain Track’ in the Tongariro National Park.
The hut sits at an altitude of 1285m, holding 18 people with a good fireplace. It even comes complete with its own can crusher (located out the back), so don’t be afraid of carrying the old traditional canned food for hiking – lol. There are great views of Mt Ruapehu from here and out towards Ohakune.
Its a 5 1/2 hour walk here from Rangipo Hut over incredible volcanic landscape with some amazing valleys. The Wahianoa Valley is particularly spectacular with its swing bridge at the bottom. Alternatively the hut can be reached via a 3 hour walk from the Ohakune Mountain Road through the bush, along boardwalks, and past the Waitonga Falls.
I spent New Years Eve here with a young couple from overseas. I couldn’t think of a better place to see in the New Year than at one of our amazing huts. The two bourbons I carried in for the occasion were a treat 🙂