Howletts Hut is located below the 1682m Taumatamekura Peak and the last rest heading north before the infamous Sawtooth Ridge.
The hut sits in a sheltered hollow on the Daphne Ridge just where the tussock ends and beech forest starts to lap over the ridgeline, giving unimpeded views of the ranges and plains around Ongaonga.
There is a new stove with coal flown in, and tank water.
Kashmir Roadend (727880,613410): 11.5km poled route
Longview Hut: 9km / 3-6 hours poled route
Daphne Hut: 2km / 1.5 hours track
Waterfall Hut: 12km unmarked route over tops and narrow ridgelines
Waikamaka Hut: 16.5km / 7.5-15 hours unmarked route over tops and narrow ridgelines
Purity Hut: 17km unmarked route over tops and narrow ridgelines
Howletts Hut is owned and maintained by the Heretaunga Tramping Club. Backcountry hut passes and tickets do not apply. For overnight stays, send donations to Heretaunga Tramping Club, PO Box 14086, Mayfair, Hastings 4159 (or email email@example.com for bank details).
|Facilities||Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner|
|Water supply||Tap or tank water|
|Mobile phone coverage|