A cosy hut deep in the Tararuas
This gem of a hut is praised by many as well-maintained and thought out. It sits at a high point of 790m+, not long after you finish a pleasant walk alongside the Mangahao River. The Tararua Forest is easily one of the most stunning areas we have in the North Island, and this semi-challenging hike is a perfect way to see it over a day and night.
A hut on top of a ridge, views over the country and a track through dense forest alongside an award-winning show dog… Does that sound good to you? Then Burn Hut is the place to go!
I’ll guide you through the native bush Coda and I call home, while we’re making our way towards the leather-wood covered ridgeline. I’ve spent years supporting the growth and maintenance of the Tararua Ranges, so by you coming with us today, you’ll be directly supporting and giving back to our conservation work as percentage of your fee goes back to the charities invovled.
With views over the sea and mountains, Burn Hut is the perfect spot to relax deep in the bush, while enjoying a Kiwi backcountry dinner and spotting rare wildlife with the help of Coda.
I am Emma and if you want a true NZ bush experience and education, I’m your person. Native New Zealand bush is my passion, I know it well. I work protecting our native plants and animals from introduced pests and believe education is the key. Join myself and my amazing canine sidekick, Coda, on a backcountry adventure in the ranges we call home. My aim is to support and guide people into areas of the New Zealand bush that wouldn’t otherwise be easily accessible to them. I want to share the landscapes, flora and fauna of my most cherished places to those who want to know them also. My canine companion, Coda is well behaved, friendly, an excellent track finder and loves having her photo taken with people! I work and volunteer in pest control, helping to control introduced predators and know many of the best places you can see some of this country's rare birds and plants. Meeting new people and passing on my enthusiasm for the bush is one of my favourite things, I’d love to have you walk with me.
- Extensive knowledge of the Tararua Range and NZ bush.
- Mother of 4 children.
- Strong experience in taking out families for overnight stays in huts and easy hikes.
- Qualified veterinary nurse.
What to expect
We’ll start the day in traditional Kiwi fashion by grabbing a coffee on the way to the car park. Following the first winding section and the nearby river, Coda will show off her navigational skills while I explain the hydro scheme going on in the area.
After a steady ascent through ever-changing terrain, we’ll find ourselves on the tops with panoramic views over the Kapiti Coast and surrounding peaks. A few lookouts on the way make for a perfect lunch spot, before the final push to our accommodation for the night. The climbs are goodies, that’s for sure, but we’re in no rush on this track and I’d like to take the chance to stop and give you some education on the surrounding landscapes.
Burn Hut is located in a sheltered spur and after we’ve unpacked our bags, it’s time to explore the area. Simply follow Coda and you’re sure to find something interesting – our Tararua Range is full of native wildlife, curious-looking plants and mysterious noises from deep in the bush. Why else would we have a track called “Goblin Forest”?
The following day features another walk over the tops before we head back down to the car park by boulder-hopping over small creeks and navigating our way through the dense Tararua Forest. I can’t wait to show you this place.
Did you know that New Zealand is the first country in the world to see the new day? If we get up early enough, you’ll be one of the first people on earth to see the sunrise. The stunning location will make this even more special… Don’t miss out on this local track and join us on our next trip
All tours require the proper gear to ensure you’re having the time of your life, and are well prepared if things go south. It’s the real and rugged New Zealand out there!
Cutlery, bowl & cup
Lighter / Matches
Pack Cover / Liner
Sunscreen & hat
Toiletries & Underwear
Top & Bottom Base layer
Torch & Batteries
Warm hat & gloves (March to October)
Warm hiking layer
Cooker & gas/fuel
Personal First Aid Kit
There are add-on extras for this tour. These are the little things that’ll either make your Adventure easier to organise or more rugged - your choice. You can add these during the booking process.
No hike is the same without a bushdog! Select this option to explore together with Coda, Emma's furry companion and well-trained border collie.Free
Q & A
Your Bushman has added a couple of answers to questions other Visitors have asked in the past to help you with your booking plans. Once you book a tour, you'll be in direct contact with your Bushman for more support.
How cold does it get here?
The hut is located on the exposed ridgeline, therefore it’s crucial to bring warm clothes and a good rain jacket. We also recommend bringing a second pair of socks, as you will likely get wet feet during the ascent if it has been raining the days before. Tracks tend to get muddy and it’s always moist where there is dense forest.
(Small tip, bring small baby powder for your feet, it feels amazing after a big day).
How fit do I have to be?
This is an intermediate track with a steady ascent, some steeper climbs over tree roots and a few flat plateaus where we can take a break and catch our breath. It’s enjoyable for anyone with a moderate level of fitness - for both beginners and experts!
Here’s a few answers to the more general questions about the whole journey. You can visit our help and support area for any further information or contact us via the chat function.
What is the refund and cancellation policy?
Bushman Tours sets a standard cancellation policy that can be found via our Terms & Conditions. This is globally set at 48 hours notice. However, Bushmen may add to this depending on the requirements for the Adventure (e.g. - hiring gear and renting equipment on your behalf). The final policy will be located at the bottom of the checkout, or you can reach out to us to check.
What happens if the tour is cancelled due to weather?
In most cases, the Bushman can arrange another day to run your tour, but this also comes down to when you're available if travelling through New Zealand. We recommend ensuring you have insurance for cancellation of any tours. If the Bushman has to cancel due to a health risk, we will call you to arrange another option.
What gear do I need?
Although we have a minimum requirement of gear, you will need the right equipment and gear that is relevant to the Adventure you're booking. This is usually found at the bottom of each tour page, but for our minimum, please visit our FAQs & blog page.
Can I hire gear/equipment?
In some circumstances, your Bushman will have equipment for you to hire. This is available to browse and book through the checkout. We may also have options through our checkout. Although you may be able to borrow gear during the tour, it's important to reserve it now.
What food shall I bring?
Depending on the length, this can vary. Your Bushman will advise on the tour page what is recommended for this particular Adventure, but typically, what we offer at checkout via the add-ons section is what you'll need. Keep it lightweight and nutritious if you buy your own.
Where do I meet my Bushman?
We always try to pick the closest iSite (Visitor Centre) to your Adventure's location. Instructions on precisely where to meet are sent after the booking is made. However, you can also message your Bushman and arrange another location as long as it's close enough to the region.
How much extra is it to add family/friends onto the booking?
If you book and find that more people want to come with you, we can arrange to add them onto the booking (this is dependant on the Bushman's preference to the number of people to take out). The more that book on the original checkout option, the cheaper the fee for each individual - so spread the word before you go to book! Please note, you cannot add or bring extra people 48 hours before the tour starts.
Can I talk to my Bushman before the Adventure?
Absolutely! Once you book, you will be able to login and chat directly to your Bushman through a private, secure chat. Here you can arrange some extras you would like to do, timings for pick up and much more.
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