Atiwhakatu HutBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Gabor Szikszai
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestRiverside
Beginner - Intermediate
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Track starts at the car park across the swing bridge and through Donnelly's Flat to join the undulating Atiwhakatu track to Atiwhakatu Hut.
Beautiful native bush track with a few stairs and steep but short climbs. Lots of bridges and boardwalks to keep you on your toes. Due to a washout a couple of years ago you have to detour down to the river rocks for a few hundred metres.
Sheltered most of the way so its a dry run in almost any conditions.
Features of interest
The snow settles on the last 2km of the track in winter.
There's a great spot by the Atiwhakatu Hut for a quick drink/splash in the river.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 15%
Easy Single Track: 85%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
Start point is at the car park area.
From here there is a short stretch to the river, across the wooden bridge, and then turn right and follow the signs for Atiwhakatu Hut via Donnelly flats.
Turn off State Highway 2 on to Norfolk Road, 2 km south of Masterton. This leads to Mount Holdsworth Road. Holdsworth is 15 km from State Highway 2. At the end of Mt Holdsworth Road the entrance to the Tararua National Park has a large carpark with toilets, picnic areas, a hut and nearby caretakers residence
Due to a washout a couple of years ago you have to detour down to the river rocks for a few hundred metres. Its a well worn detour these days.
Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.
Lots of the trail is close to the river
A lot of the trail is covered so the conditions are stable all year round.
A bit of snow (15-20cm) has been known to settle on the last couple of kms before the hut.
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See other runs nearby:
Blue Range Hut
Holdsworth to Kaitoke
Jumbo - Holdsworth Circuit
Hooper Loop - Mt Holdsworth
Waipoua River & Henley Lake Trail
Kaituna to Holdsworth Lodge
Pinnacle Ridge Plus
Holdsworth Lodge to Totara Flats Hut and return
Deliverance Cove & Lighthouse Loop
Tinui ANZAC Walkway