We are the western gateway to some of the most rugged and challenging tramping in New Zealand - the mighty Tararua Range. You can also take a day trip into these ranges and explore the foothills. Whatever length of trip you are planning please be prepared - the weather can change in a flash, often leaving ill-prepared trampers stranded.
Accommodation is by way of a classic kiwi backcountry hut. Services are basic and trampers are expected to be fully self contained.
The Southern Crossing – 2-4 days (from Otaki Forks)
Day trip to Field Hut (from Otaki Forks)
The Northern Crossing – 2-5 days (from Levin)
Overnight trip to Waitewaiwai Hut (from Otaki Forks)
Overnight trip to Waiopehu Hut (Levin)
Check the weather before you go.
• Tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to be back.
• For Field Hut, and the Southern Crossing, sign the visitor book at the Rangers office at Otaki Forks.
• Take map, raincoat, hat and gloves, compass, plenty of food, and your camera – the scenery is awesome.
All trampers must buy backcountry hut tickets which are available from i-SITES or DOC offices.