The current Waikamaka and Kiwi Saddle Huts were built by Club members in 1966 and 1988 respectively, while Howletts Hut was enlarged and extensively renovated by the Club in 1979 . The Club is responsible for the ongoing upkeep of the huts. As they are not part of the DOC hut network we receive no funding from DOC and expenses are funded by donations from hut users.
Send donations to Heretaunga Tramping Club, 316 Te Aute Road, RD 2, Hastings or donate on-line at
03-0642-0802494-00 Those who have left a name will be acknowledged below in due course.
In March 2018 we installed a new bench top in Howletts Hut and there has been a number of trips to do minor maintenance to the huts over the last 12 months. The Waikamaka toilet will be shifted in 2020
Kiwi Saddle Hut
A tramp to Kiwi Saddle Hut, located in the Kaweka Range on the watershed between the Tutaekuri and Ngaruroro Rivers due north of Kuripapango will take 4 – 5 hours from the lakes Road carpark
Howletts Hut, is situated on the Ruahine tops due west of Waipawa 6 – 7 hours tramping from Kashmir Road or Mill Road. At 1365 m elevation it is the highest hut in the Ruahine Range.
Waikamaka Hut (due west of Tikokino) is on the western side of the main divide in the Ruahine Ranges but is most easily accessed from the eastern side( North Block Road end) from which it is a 5 – 6 hour tramp
Many thanks to the following parties who have recently donated to our hut fund: D Ross, D Mitchell, C Brenton-Rule, G Dingle, A Glackin, H Nicholson (MTSC), G Van de Ven, C&P Munn (TTC), A Davison, S& L Wallace, A & F Mercer, K Mullan, D Reid, S Hart, Ganley/Austen, P Askey (Nga tapuwae), L Jacks, Napier Tramping Club, M/B Cleary, J Hawkins Elder, M Van Den Belt (WTMC), J O’Brien, New Plymouth Tramping Club, C&M Trotter, S Thomson, C Bontbriand, Taylor Corp.