Altitude: 558m to 790m. Gain: 42m. Loss: 274m . Gradient: 6 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/5)
The Makaretu Hut track is not shown on new topo50 maps, but is signposted off the Apiti Track. Starting 150 east of the Apiti-Track / Cattle Creek Hut junction the cut, marked track drops north down the obvious spur to the forks at the head of the Makaretu.
From here, continue down the river - an unmaintained, intermittently marked track exists on the true left bank but is not cut or obvious in places. The river itself is manageable, and probably easier than hunting for old track markers. Makaretu Hut is on the true left, above the forks shown on the map. The route out of the river is marked with triangles.
The river is 2-4m wide and easy in good dry conditions (can be slippery), but becomes impassable after rain (as does the other fork at the hut).