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Herepai & Roaring Stag Huts, Manawatu - Wanganui

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Herepai & Roaring Stag HutsIntermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Michelle Tomlin

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Manawatu - Wanganui


Back country - remote

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Intermediate - Experienced

7.00 (Slow)
4.30 (Moderate)
3.30 (Fast)



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Gentle incline first 2km on good trail, then steep technical climb to where trail forks.

Turn right for approx. 1.5 km approx to Herepai Hut, then left for 3.9 km down the ridgeline into the valley to Roaring Stag Hut. The trail is easy to follow with some technical underfoot terrain. Mostly under bush cover. Herepai Hut is fairly basic, but Roaring Stag Hut is large, modern and in a stunning location next to an excellent swingbridge across the Ruamahanga River.

Allow plenty of time for the return trip back to Putara Road.

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Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 80%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

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  • Access

    From Eketahuna, turn right into Bridge St (left if travelling from the south). After approx 300m turn left onto Stanly Street, then right onto Septimus Street. Septimus Street becomes Nireaha Road - follow this until Nireaha Road veers to the right - at this point continue straight ahead on Priest Road. Follow Priest Road to the end then turn right onto Putara Road and continue to the road end. Trail start point is from the car park located at road end. Some gravel road will be encountered along the journey.

    Gravel carparking at roadend for several vehicles

    25 km

    31 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Trail easy to follow for the most part. Keep an eye on the orange markers.

    Very patchy.

    Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.

    Water available at Herepai Hut, Roaring Stag Hut, Ruapai Stream and Ruamahanga River near Roaring Stag Hut

    Two stream crossings near Roaring Stag Hut - water levels may be raised - caution required during/after adverse weather

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