Historic Waihohonu Hut, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

HISTORIC WAIHOHONU HUT - Tongariro National Park
An easy 20 minutes return walk from the fancy new Waihohonu Hut to the oldest existing mountain hut in NZ.
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Historic Waihohonu Hut, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

HISTORIC WAIHOHONU HUT - Tongariro National Park
Leaving Waihohonu Hut the track climbs a few metres to a plateau above the hut.

Historic Waihohonu Hut, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

HISTORIC WAIHOHONU HUT - Tongariro National Park
When we reach the far side of the plateau a minute later, we find this slight mound on the left of the track. If we stand there, we get the best cellphone reception.

Historic Waihohonu Hut, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

HISTORIC WAIHOHONU HUT - Tongariro National Park

Historic Waihohonu Hut, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

HISTORIC WAIHOHONU HUT - Tongariro National Park
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Historic Waihohonu Hut, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

HISTORIC WAIHOHONU HUT - Tongariro National Park

Historic Waihohonu Hut, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

HISTORIC WAIHOHONU HUT - Tongariro National Park

Historic Waihohonu Hut, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

HISTORIC WAIHOHONU HUT - Tongariro National Park
Built in 1904, this two room hut uses pumice stone as insulation between sheets of corrugated iron.

Historic Waihohonu Hut, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

HISTORIC WAIHOHONU HUT - Tongariro National Park

Historic Waihohonu Hut, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

HISTORIC WAIHOHONU HUT - Tongariro National Park
This, the larger and more impressive of the two rooms is the room the men slept in.

Historic Waihohonu Hut, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

HISTORIC WAIHOHONU HUT - Tongariro National Park
Behind the glass on the left is the old fireplace. This hut hasn't been used for accommodation since 1968.

Historic Waihohonu Hut, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

HISTORIC WAIHOHONU HUT - Tongariro National Park

Historic Waihohonu Hut, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

HISTORIC WAIHOHONU HUT - Tongariro National Park

Historic Waihohonu Hut, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

HISTORIC WAIHOHONU HUT - Tongariro National Park
This is the Ladies' Quarters. It has no heating.

Historic Waihohonu Hut, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

HISTORIC WAIHOHONU HUT - Tongariro National Park
Apparently the ladies asked to have a fireplace for their room but the Tourist and Health Resorts Department said no. After long negotiations about the ladies' fireplace, the department relented slightly and let them have a mirror instead.