Waihohonu Huts Tongariro National Park

Friday 16/09/2016
Purely an opportunistic hut bag on a road trip from Wellington to Mangatawhiri with Friday night stop over in Waiouru. Leo and I arrived in Waiouru about nine p.m. and checked into the motel. The weather was looking ok, no rain, a bit of wind, so I sorted out my gear and headed off up the Desert Road looking for the Waihohonu track entrance.
Waihohonu Track Entrance
Stashed the car so it was not easily seen and headed off.
Stashed car
The night walk was windy with some light rain, not cold, and a very easy wander to the Waihohonu hut. What a massive empty thing, dropped my pack inside and then ran to the historic hut and back.

Saturday 17/09/2016
Out of bed at 0700 hours and a quick breakfast, some photos and then a fast walk/jog back to the car.
Waihohonu Hut
Area around the hut
Ranges in the distant
Track on way out
More track
Bridge
Car survived the night alone
Did an ankle twist on the way, later that night my ankle was a bit swollen.
Fat ankle
Map of Trip
Waihohonu Track
Trip Times
Friday 16/09/2016
2150 Arrived at Waihohonu track entrance, stashed the car
2202 Started walking Waihohonu track to hut
2225 Bridge
2253 NAtional Park boundry
2311 Waihohonu hut, dropped pack
2325 Historic Waihohonu Hut, then back to the new one
Saturday 17/09/2016
0752 Left Waihohonu Hut
0843 Back to car at Waihohonu track entrance