How To Get There
Access to the Waimana Valley is from SH2 between Taneatua and Nukuhou North.
Follow the Matahi Valley Road for approximately 30 kms til a DOC sign indicates
the start of the track. Please note that non-4 wheel drive vehicles cannot gain access
to this point, they should be left at the Otapukawa Stream adding an extra 2km (1 hour)
to the distance to the hut.
Leaving your vehicle at the DOC sign, follow the gentle easy track into the bush. The track follows
the Tauranga river as it winds it way up the Waimana valley.
Along the way the track gently climbs above the river - at one point there is a wonderful view
over-looking the river below.
After about an hour a turnoff is reached indicating a side route to the hut.
Follow this turnoff down towards the river to a swingbridge. Cross the swingbridge and the hut
is found a further 15 minutes or so up on a terrace. From the terrace are lovely views of further up
the Waimana Valley, including the peak of Te Tarata.
This tramp is straightforward and great for someone wanting to get into tramping or of low fitness. The track
is easy and well-marked, there are no river crossings and the hut is of a basic standard.