Saturday and Sunday. We are picking off relatively easily accessed huts in the eastern Ruahine. This four-bunk hut hasn’t been visited for a while. Built in 1958, it’s the best remaining example in Hawke’s Bay of the original Forest Service SF40 designed huts constructed in the 1960s and ‘70s for deer cullers. From the Sunrise carpark we go to the Waipawa River, pass through open regenerating scrub and forest to Middle Stream, climb steeply to 1104m, then descend to Smiths Stream.
Mod; Approx cost $36 + hut fees ($5)