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Huts, Bivvies & Shelters - South Island [South]
Sep 21st, 2008 at 10:38am
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This thread is for the posting of Huts, Bivvies & Shelters on the bottom half of the South Island of New Zealand.
Structures in this thread should be located South of Temuka - Fairlie - Tekapo - Pukaki - Mount Cook - Copland Pass - Copland River.  Hut postings should include The name/location of the hut, Grid Reference/GPS waypoint coordinates, a few minor basic details about the hut itself such as bunks, heating, accessories and if possible a brief description on the means and times to get to it. This is not a forum of discussion about the hut/s but is merely here for a reference to that hut. Further discussions about the huts can be posted in the in the main section of the Huts section. Any postings that turn this thread into a discussion and detract of the nature and intent of this thread will be either deleted or moved.
Historical Huts are welcome but please indicate their availabilty for useage.
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Reply #1 - Sep 21st, 2008 at 11:22am
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Martins Hut


S 46° 15.774 E 167° 51.614 (WGS84)




Quick Description: Located in the South-Eastern side of the Longwood Ranges in Southland, New Zealand.
Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CG08, E1203899, N4864030


Martins Hut is sited in the Longwood Ranges and was established many years ago and I believe is now listed as a Historical Place by the Department of Conservation.
I am unable to determine when exactly it was built but it would seem it was built as a maintenance hut for the nearby watercourse that run south for the Gold Mining operations in the earlier part of this century that took place at the Southern end of the Longwood Ranges in the Round Hill Hill area. Some restoration work has been done to this hut but evidence of "Idiots in the woods" and vandals still scar this historical little hut in the form of graffitti.

To access this hut you must firstly venture up the Pourakino Valley Road to it's junction with Kiwi Rd/Cascade Rd at coordinates S46°14.725 E167°56.075. I cannot remember the road sign at this junction - whether it says Kiwi Road or Cascade Road as maps have it listed as Cascade Road, yet when you drive along it and cross the stock grid entering the Longwoods true there is a sign calling it Kiwi Road. Maybe Kiwi Road begins at the stock grid. Keep travelling this dirt (vaguely maintained) road until you get to the junction at S46°15.867 E167°52.592. The main part of this road bends around to the left and there is an old logging road/track that goes straight ahead. I would advise parking back at S46° 15.760 E167° 53.935 if you have a regular car but if you do have 4WD you may be game enough to tackle it but it is pretty rough. Head up the old logging track straight ahead and keep an eye out on your left side until you see a sign marking the start of the track which should be at the approx coordinates of S46° 15.805 E167° 52.362. The track itself is really nothing more than a reasonably worn route and is for the most part used by Hunters & Deerstalkers . Your time to Martins Hut from here is about 30 mins walk on a moderate upward gradient through regenerated Beech Forest. Once you arrive and see this hut you realise it is not somewhere you would want to stay unless it was absolutely imperative. The hut is of wooden floor with a 4 bunks. I haven't tried the open fireplace but I would wager to say that I could imagine the hut representing a steam bath with that thing cranked up. The hut is dark with poor light and poor ventilation and really is just a hut you may want to see for interest sake as opposed for accommodation purposes. From the hut the track does carry on for another 30 mins to the open tops of Mount Longwood which has been my main reason in the past for coming through here. Its a fairly easy and enjoyable walk to the open tops with some good views to be had at the tops - looking East back over Southland and West over TeWaeWae Bay across Tautapere township and the Waiau River. Views of the beginnings of Southern Fiordland and the Princess Mountains can be seen up here also as well as views Stewart Island and Mt Anglem to the south on a good day. If travelling this track GPS cover may be pretty scratchy in view of the bush canopy and cover therefore it is strongly advised that a Topographical Map and compass be carried. Topographical Map Reference # for this area is: D46 Riverton/Aparima. Other vehicles on the Kiwi Road would indicate possiblity of Hunters in the area as well.

This hut is also part of the final leg of the Te Araroa Trail so does see a few more visitors these days than what it used to.




Type of shelter: hut

Sleeps How Many: 4

Reservation required: No

Cost: Free

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed


Waymarking link here: http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMH5X_Martins_Hut

The hut as it was in 1991:



The Hut as it is in Jan 2013:










Track start:



From Martins Hut:


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Hope Arm - Lake Manapouri



S 45° 35.407 E 167° 32.484 (WGS84)


Quick Description: Located on the shore of Hope Arm on Lake Manapouri - Fiordland, New Zealand.

Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CE07, E1174169, N4937013



This Hut is sited about 3.5 hrs walk from Pearl Harbour at the Manapouri Township. Your first mission (should you choose to accept it) when doing this track is actually starting - to start you have to cross the Waiau River to it's shore opposite the township. It has been a few years since I have done this but what you need to do is first get across to the other side of pearl Harbour to the jetty located doownstream diagonally across from the Real Journeys wharf -  about 200 metres from shore to shore. Once you have yourself and your backpack across Pearl Harbour a climb up the opposite bank reveals the beginnings of the track you will be taking and you will now technically have entered Fiordland National Park. The Tramp to Hope Arm Hut is 3.5 hrs from here and is  fairly flat and easy with  few up's and down's. The track follows the western river bank upstream, past the lake outlet, then along the lake shoreline through open bush to the forks (one hour). A signpost here indicates the right branch leading to Hope Arm and the left leading up the ridge on the Circle Track. The track to Hope Arm starts from the right branch of the fork described above. After a short distance it reaches a moraine spur which descends for 15 minutes until the track branches again, the left branch leads to Back Valley (1 hour) and the right branch to Hope Arm (1.5 hours). The track to Hope Arm proceeds through a narrow neck of forest, bordered on each side by swamp land. The track crosses a short section of swamp, across board walk, then proceeds through mixed podocarp and beech forest to the Garnock Burn. After crossing over a swing bridge, continue on to Hope Arm beach. The approx distance walked from Pearl Harbour to Hope Arm Hut is about 9 Kms horizontal walking. The hut is sited at the far end of the beach. The hut itself is a standard 12 bunk hut with Fireplace/Potbelly - if using the fireplace think "driftwood" from the beach rather than ransacking the surrounding Forest . From the beach in front of the hut - the most obvious of features is The Monument. I did not bother to climb this while I was here and now wish I had but there is seemingly a route up to the top of The Monument and from memory it takes roughly 1 - 1.5 hrs to climb. The Hut book usually has good indicators from people who have previously climbed it as to the time and nature of this climb. The area is also frequented by Hunters and Deerstalkers so it pays to be a little conscious of this but doesn't pose as a problem to this walk or the enjoyment of it. As with any of New Zealands tracks and tramps a Topographical Map and Compass is also advised despite the good condition and visiblity of this track.




Type of shelter: hut

Sleeps How Many: 12

Reservation required: No

Cost: Less than $10

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed


Waymarking Link; http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMFAX_Hope_Arm_Hut









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Reply #3 - Sep 23rd, 2008 at 8:28pm
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McKellar Hut - Greenstone Valley
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S 44° 52.305 E 168° 08.678 (WGS84)





McKellar Hut is sited near the shores of Lake McKellar in the Greenstone Valley. It has been a number of years since I have personally been back to this hut so I am hoping that the photo does not denote the current condition of this hut as I am quite sure it has had a facelift since this pic was taken. Anyone else who may venture to this hut will hopefully shoot and post a more recent pic of this hut. Acccess to it is either from Lower down the Greenstone Valley via Lake Wakatipu or starting at The Divide on the Milford Highway and crossing over The Divide and passing Howden Hut and then onto McKellar which is certainly the shorter of the routes. From the Divide it is a climb and a drop taking about 1 - 1 1/2 hrs to the Howden Hut and from there it is a fairly flat walk of 2hrs or so to reach the McKellar Hut on a well established track the whole way. From November to May it will pay to book to stay but the rest of the year (wintery months) there is considerably less foot traffic. Topographical Maps and compass are advised as they are for any back-country travel in New Zealand especially if any "off track" venturing is to be done. Topographical map references are D41-Eglinton and E41 - Queenstown for those wishing to obtain them. The hut is a serviced hut by the Department of Conservation and may have some coal for the fireplace on which you can heat water etc but it is still necessary to take Gas Cookers etc. If there is no coal or fuel for the fire then be VERY mindful of taking any deadwood for the fire as the ecosystem in this valley is one that needs to be treated with respect. The hut has bunks and mattress for 12 people only. The nearby Greenstone River has low trout numbers and is a Fly Fishing only river and "Catch & Release" is encouraged. Giardia precautions are a must if taking drinking water from this river.
Type of shelter: hut

Sleeps How Many: 12

Cost: $10-$30

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed
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Dart Hut.


S 44° 31.281 E 168° 33.268 (WGS84)

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Quick Description: Dart Hut is sited near the head of the Dart Valley in the shadow of the Forbes Mountains of Mount Aspiring National Park.
Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CA10, E1246716, N5060574





This hut is at the head of the popular Rees-Dart Valley track which during the summer particularily sees a considerable amount of traffic. I have only done this track during the summer season and therefore would assume that there would be less usage during the winter. In that, I would also assume that reserving a hut ticket for the night would not be as imperative but during the summer it is a must. Hut wardens are on site during the summer season as well. The Rees-Dart Valley walk has numerous huts along it's course and I will not list each of them as a waymark but the link for the whole walk can be seen here. I think the reason I list this hut specifically is because of all the huts on this track, I favoured this the most due to the amount of stunning sub-alpine flora between the hut and the Rees-Dart saddle. The track as I have done it begins at Muddy Creek car park on the Rees River valley and the first day is a fairly flat 7 hour walk to Shelter Rock Hut and then the next day walking the 5 hours to the head of the valley, crossing the saddle and then back down the Dart Valley to the Dart Hut. The whole trip up the Rees, although fairly flat, is on an upward gradient. Once the Rees saddle (1450 metres) has been reached, in which you will by this time be thoroughly relieved, then it is a pleasant downward walk firstly through tussock and then into the sub-alpine scrub before hitting the hut which isn't far away. During summer the sub-alpine scrub is nothing sort of a botanical garden of native sub-alpine flora and presents lots of Photo opportunities. The hut when reached is a serviced 32 bunk hut with a fireplace. You will need your own gas cookers and be prepard to maybe having to sleep on the floor if the hut is full. (Cart along a bed roll maybe). The scenery here is great when the weather is good but fog and cloud can reduce the asthetic effects quite markedly. The walk out the valley from here invloves a 8 hour walk to Daleys Flat hut and then approx 5 hours to Chinaman Road carpark - which is NOT where you started so transport would need to be organized. Chinamans Bluff , incidently, does have a Rock Bivvy but I cannot remember the condition or status of it - but it is there. Alternatively (which is how I did it) is the go by jet boat from the bottom side of Chinamans Bluff and then via kayak-canoe down to Paradise. There are operators in Glenorchy with whom all this can be organized. The whole track is fairly well established with it's tracks and the route up and off the saddle is a poled route marked by orange waratahs (Y-poles). The footbridges are good with dry feet being maintained in the summer when I did it. More info and hut tickets etc can be obtained from the Queenstown Department of Conservation.

Type of shelter: hut

Sleeps How Many: 32

Cost: $10-$30

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed



Myself looking down the Dart from the saddle



The final approach to the Rees Saddle



From the saddle looking back down the Rees Valley



Waymarking Link:  http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM5KH_Dart_Hut
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Reply #5 - Sep 23rd, 2008 at 8:43pm
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Upper Caples Hut


S 44° 50.639 E 168° 13.332 (WGS84)


Quick Description: Situated on the Upper Caples Valley in the Wakatipu Watershed.
Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CB09, E1222454, N5023310




This is possibly one of my more favorite huts, located at the upper end of the Caples valley tucked in a small clearing amongst the "Beech Forest and next to the Caples River. This hut is the staging point for forays over the saddle into the Greenstone valley if that is direction you are travelling. The hut is sited close to the junction of Kay Creek and Fraser Creek valleys on the opposite side of the River. To get to this Hut from Lake Wakatipu you will need to drive the 90kms from Queenstown to the Greenstone Road end via Glenorchy and then Kinloch and start from there. This walk I have done a couple of times and is quite flat and fairly easy going, following the Greenstone River for a little while and then staying on the true left of the river, following up the Caples River crossing over at the Mid Caples Hut about 3 hrs or less after you started. From the Mid Caples Hut it is approx 2 1/2 hrs walk up river to the Upper Caples Hut. To carry on to the head of the valley to the saddle you will need to stay on the true right of the river - the side on which the hut is. To venture up Kay or Fraser Creek will mean crossing the swing Bridge close to the hut and going from there. The hut is a comfortable 12 bunk hut with a fire place and there MAY be coal or wood there already. If not then go easy on the surrounding forest. It has a stove obviously but you will still need your own Gas cookers etc. My favorite time to go there is during winter when there if a lot less traffic but the valley can get pretty cold and see little to no sunshine due to the proximity of the mountains. This can make for a very cold hut during winter so be prepared. The weather can be quite erratic and unpredictable. The river has limted number of trout and is a "Fly Fishing only river with 'Catch & Release' being encouraged. If you go then leave the hut in better condition than you found it.



Type of shelter: hut

Sleeps How Many: 12

Reservation required: Yes - Southern Lakes Deerstalkers Assoc.

Cost: ?

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed

The Hut during snow the next day



looking down the valley from up Kay-Faser Ridge











Waymarking Link:  http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM5JD_Upper_Caples_Hut
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Mid Caples Hut

S 44° 53.506 E 168° 16.385 (WGS84)




Quick Description: Located in the Caples Valley - part of the Wakatipu Conservation Area.
Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CB09, E1226760, N5018213








This Hut is sited in the Caples Valley only 2 - 3 hours easy walk up the Caples valley from the Greenstone Road end. To access the Greenstone Road end involves a 90 km drive from Queenstown up to Glenorchy , then to Kinloch, then down the west side of the lake to the road end. From the Car Park here the walk into the valley can be done by torch light as I have done, due the track being so well established. The only possible variable being if there has been heavy rainfall making side creeks swell up but the rain to do this will have needed to be quite excessive. The hike up the valley firstly involves following the Greenstone River up for a short while then while staying on the true left of the river at it's junction with the Caples River following it up until you get to the swing bridge in front of the hut some 2 or 3 hours out from starting. The Mid-Caples Hut is a 16 bunk hut that is serviced by the Department of Conservation but you will need your own gas cooking gear. The river is a Fly Fishing only river during the season and 'Catch & Release' is encouraged. The track on from the hut carrys on to the Upper Caples Hut some 2 1/2 hours further on. Giardia precautions are a must if taking drinking water from this river.







Waymarking Link here: http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM5JN_Mid_Caples_Hut


Type of shelter: hut

Sleeps How Many: 16

Reservation required: No

Cost: $?

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed










DOC link:http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-stay/backcountry-huts-by-r...
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Port Craig School House

S 46° 13.357 E 167° 21.686 (WGS84)


Hut located on the South Coast / Waitutu-Hump Range Track
Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CG07, E1165192, N4865750





This increasingly popular track is now part of the recently formed Hump Range walk. Beginning this walk you will need to Park your vehicle at the Rarakau Farm car park at the approx co-ordinates of: S46*08.848,E167*28.380. This is located along Blue Cliffs beach on Te Waewae Bay south of the Tuatatpere township. The first stretch of walk along this beach can be a pain if you don't have the tides right as if the tide is up a little then the first hour is spent boulder hopping along a stoney beach. If the tide is down a bit then you can stick to the sand on the seaward side of all the rocks. After an hours walk you will hit a small peninsula type landform that has a number of cribs/batches on it and beyond this is the second leg of BlueCliffs beach which is flat sand and takes about 45 mins to walk to the other end. Thereafter begins the walk though beech and native forest sidling around the coast to Port Craig. The whole walk should be about 7 hrs long but you can shave a little time off it by heading off the track in the bush and onto the beach at LOW TIDE ONLY at various marked places. The whole track to Port Craig is a fairly good one with a few winding bits and some minor ups and downs with a swing bridge early on. Port Craig itself is the site of an old Sawmilling town from the 1920's and was abandoned back at that time with only the school House left remaining which has obviously become a Trampers Hut managed by the Department of Conservation. Since I was here they have built another series of huts about a stones throw through the bush for the Guided Walkers of the Hump Range Track. From the Port Craig Hut it is possible to carry on following the old tram Line through the Waitutu to the Wairaurahiri River & Hut which I have listed . Two hours walk along this track from Port Craig will take you to the Percy Burn Viaduct which is worth a look. This whole track does see a far bit of foot traffic now-a-days, since the inception of the Hump Range circuit track and possibly a bit more Helicopter traffic ruining the silence as well. I believe there is another hut sited next to the Percy Burn as well and "I think" this to, is only for guided walkers but I haven't seen this hut as has all been built since I was there last. The Port Craig Hut is a serviced Hut and has bunks and Mattresses for 22 people and an open fireplace. You will need to take your own gas cookers. Outside the hut is adequate grassy area for anyone having the inclination to tent it. A walk down to the beach from the hut will take you to the remains of an old pier that was leftover from the hayday of logging here. Relics and remains of buildings and machinary can be found scattered throughout the bush surrounding the hut also. On one trip here I have seen Hectors Dolphins swimming around the old pier as well as Leopard Seals south around from the pier. If you walk along the tram track heading west from the schoolhouse at night time and go to the bit where the track is actually cut into the ground with 6 - 7 ft embankments -- then turn off your torch/flashlight and you may see glow-worms tucked under the bank.


Waymarking link: http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM5GW_Port_Craig_School_House

Type of shelter: hut

Sleeps How Many: 22

Reservation required: No

Cost: $10-$30

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed

D.O.C link: http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-stay/backcountry-huts-by-r...





Old Pier @ Mussel Beach



Port Craig area from the air



The schoolhouse & surrounds back in the 1920s




Mussel Beach Pier as it was in the 20s
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Wairaurahiri Hut

S 46° 15.242 E 167° 13.044 (WGS84)



Located in the Waitutu Forest of Southern Fiordland.
Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CG06, E1154469, N4861426






This hut sited on the Eastern shore of the Wairaurahiri River near the mouth where it flows into the sea. The Wairaurahiri River has it's beginnings in Lake Hauroko approx 27 kms up river and the hut is part of the South Coast Track that begins at Blue Cliffs Beach, south of Tuatapere, and continues west around the southern shore line to the Big River area where it becomes a route more than a track and one in which a person can negotiate their way around to Preservation Inlet if they have the time and inclination. The walk to the Wairaurahiri Hut begins at the Rarakau farm car park on Te Waewae Bay and the first leg of this hike takes you to the Port Craig School House Hut which is approx 7 hrs walk winding around the coast. From there it is another 6 hours of fairly flat easy walking to the Wairaurahiri Hut and on the way you will cross the reknown Percy Burn Viaduct along with another couple of smaller bridges - the Edwin Burn and the Francis Burn. This track has in more recent times been made a loop circuit with a branch off heading north at the Edwin Burn and climbing up the Hump Range. The track from Port Craig is the remains of an old tramline used for logging in the area at the Port Craig sawmill & township in the 1920's where the schoolhouse hut now is. Several more huts and lodges have been added to this area since the inception of the Hump Range Track and has increased in popularity somewhat to a point where you will most often be on the track or in huts with other Tramping /hiking parties. The Wairaurahiri hut can also be accessed an easier way - via jet boat, of which there are several operators for these on this river. This would entail starting at the Lake Hauroko Boat jetty and heading down the lake and then down the river. A few online sites exit to be able to query this option. This hut used to be mainly used by Hunting parties and I would imagine a fair share still do but I would tend to think that it is now mainly trampers. There is a lodge across the swingbridge over the river outside the hut which has been built only since I was last at this hut so I am not sure of it's usage or proximity to the Wairaurahiri hut, but I understand it is only a stones throw across the river to it and I believe it is used by guided walkers only. The Wairaurahiri Hut is a 14 Bunk hut with mattresses and has a stove for heating but you will need to bring gas cookers. Don't go on a deforestation frenzy looking for wood to burn - just use what you need and make it dead wood only. The mouth of the river is better accessed by crossing the swing bridge and following the river down on the true right. As I remember it is approx 15 min walk to the mouth on a semi-formed track. A good walk in this is and a good hut at the time of my stay so keep it clean and leave it in good condition should you stay.

Waymarking Link:http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM5CA_Wairaurahiri_Hut




Type of shelter: hut

Sleeps How Many: 14

Reservation required: No

Cost: Less than $10

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed



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Reply #9 - Sep 26th, 2008 at 11:03am
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Rogers Inlet Hut

S 45° 51.425 E 167° 26.536 (WGS84)



Quick Description: Rogers Inlet Hut is located on Lake Monowai in the Fiordland National Park.
Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CE07, E1168607, N4906745





This Hut located on Rogers Inlet on "Lake Monowai is nowdays in better condition than when i stayed there. The photo I have posted for this is a bit blurry and I apologise but it is to far to go back just to take another but it gives you general idea of the hut. I will post other pics of my activities and people around this hut. This hut is mostly frequented by Hunters / Deerstalkers and it is possible to walk to by starting back along the road from the Lake Monowai boat ramp. The hike in is about 6 hrs I believe. I must confess I have never walked itfully but have gone as far as the Walker River and down about 1/2hr. From the track junction with the Walker River the track becomes more of a Route and i lost the markers in a number of places but then never intended to carry on the the hut in that occassion in any case. Access to Rogers Inlet for me was via the Petrol Pontoon so I got it easy really. The Hut is a 2 piece hut with an older and a newer structure. The newer hut is a sleeping hut and sleeps 4+ people and the older is a cook house with bunks for 2 people. There is no track on from here so it is a 'walk in-walk out' track. Water is sourced from the lake but take Gardia precautions. If you are venturing there by boat the landing is just a beaching (no jetty) and can be difficult to pin point where the hut is if the bleach bottle marker has been removed. The lake edges around Rogers Inlet has lots of drowned trees from when the Lake Level was raised for the power scheme. Looks unsightly but the government of the day didn't mind. Topographical maps are a must if you plan on venturing around here and I would advise bringing your own bed roll as well as Gas cookers etc. I liked it here and had good fun with respect to the party I was with but this is not a hut I would break my neck to go back to. If you do go here then look after it and try to leave it in better condition than you found it as I am of the belief that the beauracrats are looking for excuses to remove it.
Waymarking link:
http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM5AV_Rogers_Inlet_Hut


Type of shelter: hut

Sleeps How Many: 6

Reservation required: No

Cost: Free

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed


Land the boat here!




Result of raising the lake next to Boat landing



Lake Monowai



D.O.C link:http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-stay/backcountry-huts-by-r...


outdoorlad wrote on Oct 29th, 2009 at 9:14am:
This is the new hut at Rogers Inlet on Lake Monowai, built beside the two old A frames.


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Reply #10 - Sep 26th, 2008 at 9:11pm
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Steele Creek Hut

S 44° 55.609 E 168° 12.811 (WGS84)



Quick Description: Steele Creek Hut is sited in a valley of the same name branching off the Greenstone Valley in the Wakatipu Conservation Area




This hut is one of those huts that you only want to stay in if you were out of all other options. Located about 2hrs walk up Steele Creek from it's junction with the Greenstone Valley a few hundred metres from the Mid Greenstone Hut . The walk into this hut up Steele Creek is fairly easy and is visited by a few Trampers and about the same amount of Hunters. It is a very basic hut and has a fire place and bunks of sorts for 3 people but no mattresses and a dirt floor. As I said - don't plan a stay here unless you have to but rather it is an aside walk if you happen to be staying in the Mid-Greenstone hut and are looking for something to do or photograph. The track to this hut does carry on beyond it and climbs up then drops down into the Caples Valley near the Upper Caples Hut but I haven't done that part of the walk so I won't say anymore on that - but it looks like a long trek. I kind of think this hut should be reclassified as an Emergency Shelter only - but thats just my thoughts.


Another look at the Hut



Mid Greenstone with Steele Creek Valley at Right


Type of shelter: hut

Sleeps How Many: 3

Reservation required: No

Cost: Free

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed

Since my posting this considerable work has been done on Steele Creek hut and thanks to Weathered here are some more relevant photos.




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Reply #11 - Sep 26th, 2008 at 9:17pm
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North Borland Hut

Quick Description: A small Hut located up the North Borland Valley near Lake Monowai in Fiordland.



S 45° 40.599 E 167° 29.200 (WGS84)

The start of the walk to this hut begins about 500 yards or less from the Borland Lodge. The first thing you need to know about this hike is the signpost at the start says that the walk to this hut is something like 5 hours or so - I can't remember now, but whatever it says is quite wrong, unless of course it has been changed since I have seen it. It is a walk of 7-8hrs approximately to get in. Coming out of the valley maybe less due to the downward gradient but going in is certainly a lot more than posted. I thought that maybe it was just me being slow on the walk in, but the log book at the hut attests to the fact that others have found the same issues in terms of the time in - so give yourself more time. Second issue with this hut is that if you are using a topographical map and have plotted the co-ordinates or if you have loaded the co-ordinates to your GPS from Lands Information New Zealand or any of the other Hut co-ordinate links available then let me tell you that the hut is not where it is sited on the map. It is in fact approx 1 1/2 kilometres further up the valley . The coordinates I have posted for this hut are an approximation but they should about get you there give or take a hundred metres or so. If anyone visits this hut and has a GPS and can be more accurate with the co-ordinates then please let me know so that I may correct them. If you have permission to leave your vehicle at the Borland lodge then also be sure to ask if there are any other parties up the valley that they know of as this hut is only a 2 Bunker and isn't really enough room for a dead cat to lie on the floor. On beginning your walk you will drop down into the bush and soon cross Pig Creek and then hit the edge of the Borland River on the True Right bank. You will follow the river up on this side all the way up the valley until you hit the clearings near the head of the valley and close to the hut. This walk I must add is not for the faint or unfit either. You can actually shave about 3 kms off this walk by driving up the road for about that distance and entering the track along further but I think it is negligible as the track is quite flat and easy going for the first few kms anyway and is a good warm up. After about a couple of hours you will come across the Rock Bivvy which is marked on the Topo Maps at co-ordinates: S45*43.998,E167*30.241 or with New Zealand Map Grid Reference (sheet C44) 2082430,5482910. This Rock Bivvy should be a waypoint in itself but I was silly enough or to lazy to get the camera out of my pack and take photos of it. This very large overhanging rock appears to be dry as a bone in the rain and would easly sleep 6 people under it and is reasonably gaurded at the front by all the trees. I never stayed here but I wished I had. Would have been neat to sleep in the openness of this big overhang. Then about 500 metres or so on from this is the Middle Branch of the Borland which you will need to cross. There used to be a swing bridge over this side stream but the Department of Conservation in all their infinitesimal wisdom removed it. It is after crossing this stream that some of the tough stuff of this walk begins. If the middle Branch is to high to cross at least you have the option of going back to the rock bivvy to wait till it drops or whatever. I won't go into it step by step but basically you slog on till you eventually hit the open clearings at approximate co-ordinates of: S45*41.505,E167*29.136. Hereafter the track fades and the route up the valley to the hut is marked by orange painted metal waratahs (Y posts) spaced out some distance up the the hut. At some point here you will have to cross the river also which is usually not to difficult. Once you get to the hut you will be relieved I assure you. The valley has no track on from here and is a 'walk in-walk out' type of valley although looking at the log book of the hut it can be seen that the occassional party has in fact carryed on up to the head cirque and climbed over into the Garnock Burn Valley. The weather is majorly unpredictable in this valley (as with most of Fiordland) and looking at the photos I lodge with this waymark you will see that on one day it was fine (chilly but fine) and the next we got dumped with over a foot of snow - and this was in the beginning of summer!! The fireplace is a little ripper and will certainly warm you up in this little hut but don't be harsh on the surrounding bush when fossicking for wood - only use what you need and leave a bit of wood for the next peoples through. Look after this Hut when you are there as it would be a shame to have it wrecked or removed due to neglect. The walk in has plenty to take pictures of so keep your camera handy.


Overnight dumping of snow in the summer.



Up behind hut looking down the valley


Type of shelter: hut

Sleeps How Many: 2

Reservation required: No

Cost: Less than $10

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed

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Mid Greenstone Hut

Quick Description: Located in the Greenstone Valley in the Wakatipu Conservation Area.


S 44° 57.986 E 168° 13.248 (WGS84)

The Greenstone Valley walk can be accessed via crossing the Divide from the Milford Road and passing down through the Howden and McKellar areas or alternatively driving about 90kms from Queenstown via Glenorchy & Kinloch and parking at the end of the Greenstone Road and hiking up the valley. Either way it is a fairly simple walk with well defined tracks and huts every couple of hours or so. The Mid Greenstone Hut is sited near the junction of the Greenstone Valley and Steele Creek Valley which enters from the north. The hut is on the true left side of the river tucked up next to the bush in possibly the spot that would see the least amount of sunshine at any given time of the year. It is a hut of high usage with numerous amounts of hikers and trampers in the summer months as well as Fishermen and the winter sees its fair share of Deerstalkers after the resident Fallow Deer. The hut has 20 bunks and a fairly adequate Fireplace with it being serviced by the Department of Conservation (DOC) - so some coal or wood MAY be available. In any case take your own gas cooking gear. Giardia precautions are a must if taking drinking water from this river. One of my forays to this hut was during the Beech Tree flowering during which an explosion in the Mice population was taking place and it made for a living hell with the hut being absolutely infested with mice - crawling around your head at nights and chewing anything that wasn't hung above ground. Other than that it's an ok place to visit and stay. Hunting in this valley is via a ballot system managed by DOC's Queenstown Office and Fishing the river has it's seasonal limits as well as being Fly Fishing only.


Looking up the Valley from the hut



looking from upper valley towards Mid Greenstone



Type of shelter: hut

Sleeps How Many: 20

Reservation required: No

Cost: $10-$30

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed

Note: I understand this hut is now under management of Lakes District NZDA.
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Scott's Rock Bivy

S 44° 25.140 E 168° 40.845 (WGS84)


Quick Description: Scotts Rock Bivvy sits at the Head of the Matukituki Valley under the shadow of Mount Aspiring.




Scotts Rock Bivvy is merely a shelter that one would use in desparation as oppossed to planning a trip to stay in it. If you plan to visit this site - then TAKE A TENT. Located at the head of the West Branch of the Matukituki River Valley this lean-to type structure is accessed after a walk of many hours starting from the Raspberry Flat car park. It is worth mentioning that vehicles left at Raspberry Flat have semi-frequently been broken into so don't leave valuables in the vehicle. The walk to the head of the valley starts through Pastoral Lease Land and eventually enters the Mount Aspiring National Park somewhere between the Cascade Hut and Aspiring Hut. I personally found this whole part of the hike to be fairly arduous and a bit boring but is relatively easy with no steep gradient to tackle. The only aside being the view of the Rob Roy Glacier on the true left on the way up. Carrying on through Shovel Flat and then Pearl Flat you will then cross over the Mt Barff avalanche shute at which time some upward humping has well and truely been done. The steepness is not as labourious as the length of the gradient which continues up into the head of the valley. Along the way you will see sign posted the diversion tracks to Liverpool Bivvy on the true right and also French Ridge Hut on the true Left of the valley. Here after there is not a screaming heap of people that visit this area - namely just climbers and a few Hunters after Chamois. You will be walking through Beech Forest as well until you hit the Sub Alpine zone toward the head of the valley. The track up here is marked reasonably along the way. Once you enter the Sub-alpine zone and are in Alpine scrub of semi openess you will then be directed to Scotts Rock with the help of occassional man-made rock piles. The Rock Bivvy is close at hand. Once you get there and see the Bivvy you will realise the reason I say you need a tent. Scotts Rock Bivvy is merely a large boulder that has a cavity open on its east side and the ground has been scrapped out to form a hollow then slated rocks built up on the open side creating a wall or windbreak of sorts with an opening left for an entrance. It is ok to cook under but sleeping under would be ok if you were hard pressed with room for 2 or 3 if you had to on the dirt floor. In the cold (as it was when I was there) it is absolutely miserable and the freezing wind cutting down off the snowy tops from the surrounding Mountains can make for an awful stay and be dangerous in terms of exposure, frost-bite and hypothermia. The rock wall built against the side quells the air flow only a little. It is high enough here and can be cold enough that Butane/Propane gas cookers will not work so it is advisable to have a white spirit cooker for this journey. I have not been there in the height of summer but I understand that Rats tend to favour the place at this time as well. Water can be sourced from the stream a few yards below and I would advocate sensible defacation needs away from the stream and away from any side stream and certainly not around the Bivvy. It is a fairly short walk from here to the cirque at the head of the valley. Lots of New Zealands Native Parrot - the Kea, here so guard your tent and belongings against these destructive little mischief makers. But having these birds fly directly at the tent and hitting the sides so they can skid down it is certainly hilarious when it is someone elses tent I have to admit. Quite a photogenic place to visit this as well.


From atop the bivvy looking back down the valley




Thawing out myself and some food!



In the company of friends and thieves



Type of shelter: lean-to

Sleeps How Many: 3

Reservation required: No

Cost: Free

Enclosed: Open
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Alabaster Hut


Quick Description: Alabaster hut is part of the Hollyford - Pyke River - Martins Bay walk of Fiordland, New Zealand.

I'm also aware that the hut depicted in this photo is the old hut and since I was there a new hut has been built with more space than I have listed. I will update this when I can but as a reference I will list this in the meantime.


S 44° 32.733 E 168° 08.638 (WGS84)

This hut is sited on the southern shore of Lake Alabaster near its outlet, the Pyke River, above it's confluence with the Hollyford River. Used as part of the Pyke River - Martins Bay - Big Bay Circuit ,this hut is visited frequently by Tramper, Fishermen and Hunters. Access is a 6 hour walk from the end of Gunns Camp Road off the Milford Road and is 3 1/2 hours walk from the Hidden Falls Hut over the Little Homer Saddle parallel to the Hollyford River. The river up above it's confluence with the Hollyford is very large and deep and if you happen to be fishing it and should come across any of the Eels that live in these parts then the size of these Eels will absolutely astound you - they are huge! The hike to the hut is relatively easy and very interesting and scenic, so take your camera. The hut has bunks for 26 people - which should tell you a little about the amount of usage it gets and has a Pot Belly stove for heating but you will still need to take your own gas cookers etc. It appearantly is serviced meaning some coal or wood may exist at the hut but if not then don't go tearing strips out of the surrounding forest - use driftwood if you can or have to. Make sure you leave the hut in a tidier, cleaner disposition than when you entered it also. Fishing the lake edge can be productive but I have found the fish to be fairly small - but thats just my take on it. Well worth the hike in - particularly during the off season.

View of hut from Lake edge



Lake Alabaster from in front of the Hut



Type of shelter: hut

Sleeps How Many: 26+

Reservation required: No

Cost: $10-$30

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed
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