Ngapotiki Hut is the southern-most hut in the North Island of NZ. It sits just 50m from the beach on the South Coast track from Cape Palliser to Mungaroa Point. Considering the hut is 4WD-accessible it's in surprisingly good condition. There's a couple of broken armchairs on the deck to give it a run-down look, and the door needs something along the bottom to stop the sand blowing in through the gap - but that aside it was comfortable, clean and tidy.
The hut sleeps 15 in two rooms: 9 in the kitchen / main room and 6 more in a separate bunk room. However, there's only three mattresses! A new woodburner shows this hut is on more than minimum maintenance, and there's plenty of driftwood and manuka scrub to burn. There's tank water and sinks in both rooms.
A good easy overnigher, a base to explore Stonewall Basin or head north. Little visited hut by trampers: but doze off with the sound of the breakers on the beach, and wake to a golden sunrise over the sea, and you'll wonder why.
Ngapotiki Roadend: 2km, 4WD track
Cape Palliser: 7km, 4wd track
|Facilities||Enclosed wood/coal burner|
|Water supply||Tap or tank water|