Where: Atiwhakatu Hut, Tararua Forest Park, Wellington Distance & Time: Two hours, 7.5km Take: Food, stuff for an overnighter, water, sunscreen Amenities on route: Bathroom at the start of the walk and 30 minutes in. Hut has mattresses and water Cost of the walk: $5 per person for a bunk in the hut If you like …
A hut where you are guaranteed to have the whole place to yourself? Where you have to cross a river numerous times to get there? Where you don't have to carry crockery or cooking equipment, leaving room for a bottle of wine in your bag? Sign me up!
If ever there was a day where I wish a drone would deliver me red bull into the middle of nowhere, and a host of other things to give me energy, today would have been it. A night in a hut with 25 others, rustling sleeping bags, and a body covered in sandfly bites meant my energy levels today were non existent - less than ideal for a full on day of hiking.
If you'd told me before starting this walk that I'd eventually reach the point that upon coming across another beautiful secluded beach I'd take a quick glance and keep walking I would have said you're crazy. But there's just so many stunning beaches on this walk that after a while you become quite picky about what ones you actually want to spend time at.
Field Hut is one of the oldest huts in New Zealand. It's had some work done to it over its nearly 100 year life span, but it still holds up remarkably well. There's lots of old photos on the wall of the guys that cleared the area and built the Hut, along with their stories. It makes for interesting reading and provides a neat point of difference for the Hut. It also has a helicopter pad attached to it if you want to save your thighs from burning and just fly on in!
On a weekend where most people were curled up at home, watching Netflix and keeping dry, we decided to go for a hike and stay overnight in a 60+ year old Hut in the middle of nowhere with no power and no promise of dry firewood on one of the wettest weekends in Wellington.