Time: 3-4 hrs | Distance: 4.5km one-way (approx.) | Fitness level: moderate-high
Purity Hut perches high above the bush line on the Hikurangi Range, one of the highest points in the Ruahine Forest Park.
Built in 2006, this hut enjoys incredible views of Mt. Taranaki and Mt. Ruaephu in the distance. The tussock slopes above Purity Hut lead to the Ruahine Forest Park’s highest point – Mangaweka, which is 1733 metres above sea level, and is often covered with winter snow through the cooler months. To get to the hut, follow the poled route across farmland from the carpark, and after a flat section of about 30-40 minutes, the track starts to climb steeply for another 30-40 minutes to reach the Ruahine Forest Park boundary. From here the track climbs up through the red beech and kaikawaka forest at a reasonably steep grade until reaching Purity Hut standing proud amongst the tussock.
NOTE: You must phone the landowner to get prior permission to access the Purity Hut track.
Contact Richard Gorringe on +64 6 3825856. Please consider going elsewhere during lambing (1 September to 31 October).
Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies
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