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Atiwhakatu Hut, Wellington

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Atiwhakatu HutBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Gabor Szikszai

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest

Beginner - Intermediate

2:00 (Slow)
1:20 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



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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.

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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%

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  • Access

    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

    21 km

    23 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    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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