Take the track down the front of Te Pua Hut and cross the Tauranga River. Follow the marked track up and over the ridge to descend into the Hareirei/Tawawharara Stream forks. To reach Otane Hut, you must follow the Tawawharara Stream. From these stream forks follow the true right fork upstream to the Maniaroa/ Tawawharara Stream forks and take the true right fork again. Otane Hut (4 bunks) is 20 minutes upstream on a small bench on the true left.
Time: 3-4 hrs.
Most of the land below the Mangaone Stream and in the Otapukawa Stream is private and users are asked to respect this.