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Reply #18 - Sep 28th, 2008 at 9:51am
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Wills Hut - Wills Valley

Quick Description: Wills Valley Hut is part of the Mt Aspiring National Park.


S 44 02.276 E 169 27.867 (WGS84)

This Hut is approx 4 hrs walk from the nearest Road which would be next to the Gates of Haast on the West Coast Highway. The Hike in is pretty much up hill into the Wills Valley which is a semi-hanging valley. Water supply for this hut is from the river which runs through the valley next to the hut. It is a very comfortable little hut that has bunks and mattresses for 4 people. It has no cooking facilities so take in Gas cookers but does have an open fireplace which will warm the hut up very adequately in the colder weather. I imagine this hut would be mostly used by Hunters after Chamois which are low in numbers in the area. It is not a circuit track as it is a kind of a walk in - walk out type valley. The track in is pretty good and I did notice a lot of that Onga-onga (stinging nettle) at the start of the track. A good place to go to take photos as well I noticed given that you get a nice day in the valley with none of the usual West Coast rain. A hike to the head of the valley is worth a look and there is no track so you have to find your own way up there and back. It can take quite a bit longer to get up to the head of the than you may anticipate when looking at a Topographical Map - so give yourself plenty of time. I don't think this valley sees a lot of foot traffic so is quite good if you want to get away from it all for a while. Be sure to look after the hut and leave it in better condition than when you found it. Also, don't be to rash with the surrounding dead wood you use for a fire.

if wanting to carry on to the top flats towards the head basin - from the top end of the clearing where the hut is you then need to enter the bush at approx Dukes Creek (S'4401.648, E'16930.393) and boulder hop your way up till the bush opens up again near Sweet Nell Creek (S'4401.075, E'16932.894). Best to take a tent and fly camp up there otherwise you'll no sooner get there and you'll be thinking it's time to turn around again. Nice looking valley and scenery at the top end.


Type of shelter: hut

Sleeps How Many: 4

Cost: Less than $10

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed



looking up Wills Valley towards Hut




Wills Valley - packing in




Shot of Mountain Tops from near hut
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Reply #19 - Sep 28th, 2008 at 10:01am
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Worsley Hut


S 44 56.546 E 167 49.999 (WGS84)


Quick Description: Worsley Hut is situated near the mouth of the Worsley River as it enters Lake TeAnau in the Fiordland National Park.




This Hut is accessible only by boat which can be launched from TeAnau Downs or TeAnau township itself and is a fairly significant ride to the Worsley Arm which is west of the head of the lake. Worsley Hut attracts mostly Fishermen and Hunters and is a hut that has bunks and mattress for 12 people. The hut is sited in some of New Zealands most beautiful Native Forest and Valleys and a walk up the valley for about 20 minutes will take you to St Marys Falls which are hidden on the south side of the valley and requires some "Bush Bashing" to get to the base of these falls as well as wading across the Worsley River itself of which there are no bridges so pick your day and place!! The Hut has a pot-belly stove and since you need a boat to get there it is a good idea to cart along a sack of coal for the fire. [DON'T GO DESTROYING THE SURROUNDING BUSH FOR THE SAKE OF A FIRE.] You can cook on top of the pot-belly but take gas cookers non-the-less. The weather patterns on the Lake for the Boat ride in are dubious at the best of times so learn to try and read the mood of the weather and the lake a little. The main part of the lake can be smooth but once you enter any of the arms of this lake it can be a different picture and visa versa. Hut & Fees are managed by the Department of Conservation in TeAnau. Look after this hut and leave it cleaner than when you arrived should you visit.

Inside the Hut


Type of shelter: hut

Sleeps How Many: 12

Reservation required: No

Cost: Less than $10

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed



The nearby river mouth




Looking to the head of the Worsley Arm




Fly fishing a nearby river




Approaching Worsley arm from head of Lake
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Reply #20 - Sep 30th, 2008 at 3:00am
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Poteriteri Hut

S4606.661 E16709.118 [WGS84]





Grid reference: Topomap mapsheet C46, E2058151, N5439158


6 Bunks with Mattresses and Fireplace


Access to Poteriteri is either a fly in or an expensive boat ride in. Other than that you can walk on but it takes some days and is pretty much a bush bash rather than a track. I believe there was a route marked from the bottom end of Lake Hauroko but as to it's condition & reliablity I'm not sure.


View of the Lake in front of the hut.



(Photos taken and sent to me by Jolie McLeod)
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Reply #21 - Sep 30th, 2008 at 3:17am
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Rats Nest


Greenstone Valley.

S 44*56.706 E 168*11.153 (WGS84)






Never been there.
Photo & Coordinates provided to me by David McFadzien - Gore Branch NZDA


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Reply #22 - Oct 28th, 2009 at 8:14pm
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This is the new hut at Rogers Inlet on Lake Monowai, built beside the two old A frames.


  
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Reply #23 - Jul 25th, 2010 at 8:36am
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Some of the huts in the Greenstone Valley.



Slyburn Hut


Mid Greenstone hut


McKellar Hut


Steele Creek Biv


Lake howden Hut
  

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Reply #24 - Sep 8th, 2010 at 11:08pm
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Kiwi Burn Hut

Snowden Forest/Mavora Lakes area.


S45 21.309 E168 05.454





12 bunk hut with a pot belly stove.
Takes about an hour and a half to walk in.
Lower numbers of Deer & Chamois.
Easy walk for the family:



The Hut as it was repainted in 2013:





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Reply #25 - Sep 16th, 2010 at 12:55am
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Aparima Huts

The Takitimu Mountains

S45 42.432 E167 59.952















Main hut is 8 bunks and older cullers hut has 4 bunks.
About an hours walk in if you follow the old 4WD track or 2 hours on the D.O.C track.






Low numbers of deer. I think it gets a bit more of hiding from pig hunters though.



The land is adjoining Pleasant Valley Station. To park near cattle yards and use the 4WD track to walk in you need to give Pleasant Valley Station a call and ask. I found them very personable in this regards. Good walk in to take kids and family but don't count on it to fill the freezer.


Can carry on up the Waterloo Vally to other Huts or continue up the Aparima Valley.


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Reply #26 - Jun 9th, 2012 at 2:29am
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Bullock Creek Hut

S 45 18.569 E 168 15.123



Purely a Historical Hut on Mt Nicholas Station, Southland. New Zealand.
Bullock Creek Hut was originally set up many years ago as a Musters and Deer Cullers hut many years ago. Today it remains open to the public for viewing only and has been maintained and preserved for this purpose. I am unsure of the date this hut was built - it originally had dates and names inscribed and written on boards and rafters within the hut but a restoration project back in 2009 saw a number of these removed. The drive into here is certainly worth it just for it's scenic value. Across the valley from the hut can be seen where the Oreti River flows out from the Thompson Mountains. Where the road crosses the Oreti River bridge further up the valley is approx where the boundary of where Mt Nicholas Station starts.






Type of shelter: hut

Stay overnight: No

Sleeps How Many: 0

Enclosed: Enclosed

Reservation required: Not listed

Cost: Not listed

Available Year Round: Not listed

Waymark link: http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMEK82_Bullock_Creek_Hut
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Reply #27 - Jun 9th, 2012 at 2:40am
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Moturau Hut


S 45 28.903 E 167 36.638


Moturau Hut is part of the Great walks - Kepler Track, Eastern Fiordland, New Zealand.
Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CD07, E1178760, N4949343




Moturau hut can be easily walked to within about 1.5 - 2 hrs if starting from The Rainbow Reach end of the Kepler Track. coordinates for this are S45 29.503 E167 39.819. The Kepler Track is a 60 km, 3-4 day loop track taking you from the gentle, beech-forested shores of lakes Te Anau and Manapouri to the tussocky alpine tops and grand Mt Luxmore. Your reward for the hill climb is a long section above bushline with marvellous panoramic views of the Kepler Mountains on one side, and lakes, rivers and hanging valleys on the other.

The Kepler Track is an excellent track for you and your family and friends, especially if you love the outdoors, want an adventure with a bit of a physical challenge that is not too hard to get to and has excellent facilities.

This is a Great Walk and offers a high standard of track and very comfortable, serviced huts as well as camping opportunities.

As a rule when doing this loop track people generally do it anti-clockwise with Moturau Hut being the last hut before the completion of the track. For those who want to do just an easy over nighter then walking the Kepler to Moturau hut would be ideal and is good for kids starting out in hiking/tramping.

Info on the Kepler track can be found here:

http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/fiordland/eastern-f...

On the Moturau Hut:

http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/fiordland/eastern-f...

Check the above links before venturing here.
This track gets very busy and in the summer season is particularly expensive to stay here. Spring and Autumn tends to be a bit better with less traffic and rates reduced.




In peak season (summer), $54.00 per person, per night, and under 18s are free (but bookings are still required). In winter, $15.00 per person, per night, and under 18s are free.



Type of shelter: hut

Stay overnight: Yes

Sleeps How Many: 40

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed

Reservation required: yes - in peak season

Cost: as above




Waymark link; http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMEK84_Moturau_Hut
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Reply #28 - Jun 9th, 2012 at 2:49am
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Borland Bivvy

S 45 44.396 E 167 22.293


Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CE07, E1162173, N4919441


Located in Southern Fiordland at the start of the Green Lake Track off the Borland/Grebe Valley Roads.



The Borland Bivvy is really just an emergency A-frame hut that serves little function other than being a stop over in the event of bad weather or some other event causing delay. In saying that - it can serve to function as a base for Hunting/hiking the area but it is only a 2 bed hut with no other facility for it. It can be driven to and I think most people that ever use it , use it as a jumping point to the Green Lake Track. More information on the Borland Bivvy can be found on the Dept of Conservation website here;
http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-stay/backcountry-huts-by-r...



Type of shelter: hut

Stay overnight: Yes

Sleeps How Many: 2

Reservation required: No

Cost: Free

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed
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Reply #29 - Jun 9th, 2012 at 3:08am
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Shepherd Creek Hut

S 45 24.252 E 168 25.914


Quick Description: Located in the Eyre Mountains, Southland New Zealand.
Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CD10, E1242543, N4961947



Long Description:
Shepherd Creek Hut is located up the Eyre Creek Valley near the junction with Shepherd Creek. Access to this hut is from the head of the Eyre Creek Valley road which , at it's head, passes through private land on a Public Easement. Please be sure to shut farm gates as you found them etc and keep to the vehicle tracks. The 4WD vehicle track can take you part the way up the valley but access by car generally won't be any further than Sandfly Creek at S4526.813, E16827.066. After that, if in a 4WD you take your own chances. Walking from Sandfly Creek to the hut is generally only about 1.5hrs easy-moderate walk. the hut is a 6 bunk hut with a Pot Belly Fireplace. Water is from the Eyre Creek about 60ft away. Can be bad for Sandflies up here so take repellant.




View DOC link here:
http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-stay/backcountry-huts-by-r...


Hut at centre right of photo.




Type of shelter: hut

Stay overnight: Yes

Sleeps How Many: 6

Reservation required: No

Cost: Less than $10

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed

Waymarking link here:
http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMEJ22_Shepherd_Creek_Hut


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Reply #30 - Jun 9th, 2012 at 3:18am
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Teal Bay Hut


S 46 03.995 E 167 17.691


Quick Description: Located at southern end of Lake Hauroko in the Fiordland National Park. Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CF07, E1158788, N4882727






Long Description:
This hut is most frequently visited by Hunters and is accessible by boat primarily, down Lake Hauroko. Boating on this Lake can be harrowing as weather funnels out of the mountains to the lake so pick your day! It is a sizeable journey and boats can be launched at Lake Hauroko Jetty. The hut itself has bunks & matresses for 12 people and has a pot-belly stove for heating. Take gas cookers! Be it that you need a boat to get there I would advocate taking your own sack of coal for the fire and not be hacking away at wood from the surrounding Native Forest. There are tracks to this Hut but they are significantly long. The hike from the Lake Hauroko Jetty takes 9+ hours Topographical Map and compass is a must and GPS coverage could be scant under the forest canopy. Leave this hut clean and tidy should you go there and don't forget to take your camera should you visit it either. The scenery here typifies Southern Fiordland / New Zealand.

Type of shelter: hut

Stay overnight: Yes

Sleeps How Many: 12

Reservation required: No

Cost: $10-$30

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed







Waymark link here;
http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMEHVF_Teal_Bay_Hut
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Reply #31 - Jun 9th, 2012 at 3:31am
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Cromel Base Hut


S 45 32.292 E 168 21.284


Quick Description: Located in the Eyre Mountains, Southland, New Zealand. Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CD10, E1237257, N4946720




Cromel Base Hut is a 6 bunk hut located up the Cromel Stream Valley in the Southern Eyre Mountains. getting to the Cromel Base Hut can be done by walking either one of 2 routes. The shortest Route (1 1/2 hrs) is from 5 Rivers Homestead (Red Gate) but the first 1.5km of the track is private land and permission must be obtained to start on this route. In my experience permission is usually granted to cross through this land. The other route is from the end of Hillas Road at coords; S4532.686, E16817.430. This route, I think, takes about 2.5 hrs and is a climb up over a ridge system on an established track, and down into the Cromel Stream Watershed. The Hut is a 6 bunk hut, open fireplace and water can be gotten from a nearby creek a few metres from the hut. If starting from the Red Gate it is suitable for taking kids 4-5 yrs old and up.

Youtube clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKadbLPPIDY&list=UUTLe8z0Pcy9HqJRJSaaFGyA&index=2...






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

Type of shelter: hut

Stay overnight: Yes

Sleeps How Many: 6

Reservation required: No

Cost: Less than $10

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed



Waymarking link here:

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMEJ1T_Cromel_Base_Hut
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Boundary Hut - Mavora Lakes Conservation Park

S45 08.382 E168 10.774


This hut sited at the northern aspect of the Mavora Lakes Conservation nest to it's boundary with Elfin Bay Station.




Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CC10, E1221013, N4990223

This is a 4 bunk Hut with no fireplace. Access can either be by foot from the North Mavora Lakes Campsite and would be approx 4hrs/16km. Conversely a 4WD can be used skirting the edge of the North Mavora Lake adjacent to a neglected 4WD track. In coming in here you will pass Careys Hut at the top end of the north lake and it is at this point that there is a climb that due to weather/use or neglect that a 4WD may or may not make it.
From Boundary Hut a fence line with a locked gate denotes the Boundary with Elfin Bay at which point it is walking access only to the Upper stretches of the Mararoa River and the Taipo Hut.
A swing bridge near the hut indicates the start of the walking track. Hunting around here is usually for the low densities of Chamois that pass through and or Fallow Deer that may also travel through - neither in large numbers. Fishing can be quite productive though.













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Careys Hut


S45 11.304 E168 09.881




Located in the Mavora Lakes Conservation Park on the eastern side, top end of the North Mavora Lake.



Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CC10, E1220148, N4984758

Careys Hut is a 6 bunk hut that can be accessed by a 2 hrs walk from the camp site on the North Mavora Lake. To walk there can involve either following a 'neglected' 4WD track adjacent to the eastern lake shore of the north Lake or by skirting the Eastern shore of the North Lake itself. Also, 4WD access is pretty standard by skirting the eastern shore as well. For this reason Careys Hut gets frequented by both Boaties and 4WDrs. The hut when I saw it was in reasonable condition but due to it's location and possible visitors I wouldn't stay unless I had to. Hunters do stay here in the hope of securing the odd Chamois or Fallow Deer - neither of which are in prolific numbers. The hut is frequented by fisherman in larger number during the first weeks of October.






North Mavora Lake to Careys Hut

Time: 2 hr
Distance: 10 km

From the Mavora camping area follow the four wheel drive track around the lake edge to the head of North Mavora Lake and Careys Hut (1.5 - 2 hours).


Careys Hut - Boundary Hut

Time: 2 hr
Distance: 6 km

From Carey's Hut the walkway climbs above the hut, then branches in two. The left branch is a very rough 4WD track, crossing the confluence of the Mararoa River and the Windon Burn. This branch of the track then continues for three hours to the Forks Hut (4 bunks). The right branch continues on the walkway to Boundary Hut.
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Forks Hut - Windon Burn


S45 06.836 E168 07.643


Located up the Windon Burn - part of the Mavora Lakes Conservation Park.


Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CD10, E1216727, N4992836

This 4 Bunk hut can be accessed with both 4WD via Careys Hut or on foot. Access via either means does need careful consideration.
The Hut itself has a fireplace but no nearby wood source. If you want a fire then cart in your own wood and coal. A tidy 'hunters' hut as such with mattresses for 4 people.
Access: The track beyond Careys Hut could be prohibitive if the first climb is to rough for 4WD. Weather and usage have a bearing as to whether any 4WD makes it beyond Careys although they generally do.
The track immediately climbs higher above the river mouth area and eventually the track drops back down onto the river flats just past the Windon Burn - Mararoa River junction. It is here you need to look for the track that goes to your left and crosses the Mararoa first. There is a track back, higher up that drops down and crosses the Mararoa after it's confluence with the Windon Burn but this route is no longer recommended. Once you have found the current route a short drive (100metres or so) across grassy flats, has you at the crossing point of the Mararoa River. Use discretion here as to river height etc. Bear in mind as how much your wheels sink into the stones/gravel. Once this is crossed then there is a short drive and the Windon Burn will need to be crossed. Generally speaking - if you made it across the Mararoa you'll make it over the Windon Burn alright.
To drive the track from here to Forks Hut is nothing short of a damned nightmare. Even on a Quad this is a arduous and mongrel trip. You will need to negotiate several water holes and sodden ruts with care and the bumping and rocks will completely do your head in. At approx 300 metres from the hut there is a particular rut approx 30 metres long that when filled with water conceals a mongrel hazard. There is no way around it and the right side seems negotiable if waded as the water appears about a foot deep. But the left side of the trench has a rut that sinks to approx 3 feet - plenty enough to belly out a 4WD. The base of the whole trench is slimy mud. When I did this - it was good luck more than good management that we didn't belly out the vehicle. But what we did do before leaving was dig out the side of the trench to allow some of the water to dribble out - dropping the whole water level by approx 45 cms. This is when we found the deeper rut. Once this is negotiated you immediately hit the creek under the hut. Don't be deceived by this also. The intensity of this creek and it's depth made me more nervous than the Mararoa itself and had water up the the Battery. The rocks are unstable and can either be enough to stop you or they can leave holes to drop you. Give good consideration of this creek.
Hell! Even crossing it on foot was bloody dangerous. It can come up very quickly but can drop quite rapidly as well.









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Reply #35 - Sep 17th, 2013 at 3:27am
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Greenstone Hut - Replaced Slyburn Hut

Greenstone Valley

Doc Serviced Hut - $15 night

  
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