Parks Peak Hut (6 bunk, stove, tank water) is a new DoC hut on a cleared flat on the ridgeline east of the Makaroro. On a good day it should give amazing views out over the Ohara Valley, Guarvas Ranges and Hawkes Bay. The hut has a novel layout of beds, with two small platforms sleeping two each, and one set of single bunks. There's a good woodburner, and stunted growth around should provide some firewood if not the best.
The Parks Peak ridge is 800m above the Mangleton Roadend at Sentry Box, and a similar climb from the Makaroro Roadend at the now-no-more Craig's Hut, so a good workout is ensured. There's not much to explore around the hut itself: the track to the Pohatuhaha Peak being the only nearby trip. Other than that the hut is probably either a destination in itself, or used as a stopover on the way to the Main Ridge at Kylie's Biv or Aranaga Hut, or traveling on to No Mans.
The hut boasts it's own weather station and visitors are asked to read the rain gauge.
Sentry Box Hut (Mangleton Road): 4.5km, 1.5-3 hrs, track, steep 800m climb
Makaroro Road End: 10km, good track, 800m climb
Main Range (Kylie Biv): Hut -> Upper Makaroro Hut (2km, 700m descent, 1-2hrs) -> Main Range/Kylie Biv via Totora Spur (3km, 1.5-3 hrs, 900m climb). Routes on to Sparrowhawk, Colenso, Ruahine Corner, Rockslide Huts
Aranga Hut (derelict): (6.5km, 2-3hrs, ridgeline track)
No Mans Roadend: (15km, 4-6hrs, ridgeline track / poled route)
|Facilities||Tank/tap water supply, Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner|