Colenso Hut lies not at its namesake, Lake Colenso, but 5 minutes away on the terraces of the Mangatera River (south fork). It's a standard hut with 8 bunks on two sleeping platforms, a 'corker cooker' wood-stove for heat and the option of cooking, and tank water. The hut is nicely sited to catch the morning sun, with views of the sunrise over the main Ruahine Range to the east.
The Colenso basin and lake is a destination worthy of a visit in itself: an amazing array of native flora and fauna in an area which is otherwise a beech or tussock monoculture.
The Colenso name comes from missionary William Colenso who may have been the first European to cross the Ruahines. A 'Colenso crossing' of the Ruahines via Colenso Spur above Barlow Hut, Lake Colenso and Colenso Peak is a viable 2-4 day crossing of the Ruahines.
Maropea Forks Hut: -> Unknown Campsite 4km (2-4hrs) -> Maropea Forks Hut 6km, (2-4 hrs) tracks, 400m of riverbed route
Iron Bark Hut: 5km (2-4 hrs) track. Riverbed options also exist via Unknown Stream or Mangatera River.
Ruahine Corner Hut via Patea: 6km (time unknown) 3km gorgy riverbed route, 3km tracks
Ruahine Main Range (Trig U) via Patea: 6km (time unknown) riverbed route / track
Ruahine Main Range (Te Atu Mahuru): 6km, riverbed route
|Facilities||Tank/tap water supply, Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner|