Last Updated: 18th Jan 2024

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Herepai & Roaring Stag Huts

Eketahuna, Manawatu - Wanganui

Submitted by Michelle Tomlin

Last Updated: 18th Jan 2024

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 48 ?

Gnarl Factor: 77 ?








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Type of Run

Back country - remote

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Run Makeup


Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.0%


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Estimated Times to Run







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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Gravel carparking at roadend for several vehicles

25 km

31 minutes




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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Richele McKenzie

Richele McKenzie

has completed Herepai & Roaring Stag Huts once in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

We did this one as an overnight hike, visiting Herepai first, then staying at Roaring Stag. Awesome trail, and the dog loved it too. I had cellphone coverage briefly at the turnoff for Herepai Hut, and at Herepai, but not at Roaring Stag.

Richele McKenzie

January 17

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