Follow the track past the hut down into Apiti Stream. Look for the marked track on the opposite side of the stream which leads to the Saddle Hut turnoff. The track climbs steeply for about 1km and travels along an undulating ridge before dropping down into the Mangaawai Stream. Head downstream for 5 minutes and look for the fluorescent hut sign. Saddle Hut (4 bunks) is located 200m up out of the stream on the true right.
Note of Caution
Please note that there are many areas of private (Maori) land in this area (mainly large clearings and areas of manuka forest). Access is permitted through these areas but no camping or hunting is allowed – please stay on the tracks. Security of vehicles at track ends can also be an issue.
Time: 1-2 hrs.
Please contact either
Robert Black (07 312 9469) or
Basil Tamiana (07 312 9176) who can assist with providing secure locations to park vehicles.