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Reply #30 - Jun 9th, 2012 at 3:18pm
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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






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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 3:31pm
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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; S45°32.686, E168°17.430. 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



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http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMEJ1T_Cromel_Base_Hut
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Reply #32 - Oct 11th, 2012 at 1:41pm
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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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Reply #33 - Oct 11th, 2012 at 2:11pm
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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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Reply #34 - Oct 11th, 2012 at 2:51pm
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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 3:27pm
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Greenstone Hut - Replaced Slyburn Hut

Greenstone Valley

Doc Serviced Hut - $15 night

  
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Reply #36 - Oct 24th, 2013 at 3:59pm
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Princhester Base Hut


S45° 35.571 E167° 57.058 (WGS84)


Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CD08, E1206723, N4938764


Located in the Takitimu Mountains - North edge side off State Highway 94.





Very easy Hut to get to, so much so that you can drive right up to it.
Standard Hut with six bunks and a fire place that is pretty much useless in winter. This hut is located in amongst trees with very little opening so tends to be a very dark hut and receives very little sunshine. Access to the hut is via public easement on Private land through Davaar Station. There is some talk of relocation of this hut at some stage also.
This hut also acts as a staging point for a number of walks through the Takitimus - into the Waterloo Valley etc.
Does tend to see a bit of traffic from Hunters located in the Te Anau / Mossburn region.





Hut located approx 40 metres inside bush edge at left.

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Reply #37 - Nov 11th, 2013 at 8:12pm
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Turnballs Hut


S46° 17.499 E167° 51.143


Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CG08, E1203492, N4860661


Located in the Longwood Ranges, Southland.



A hut built to service the Martins Water Race, which supplied the Big Dam and Round Hill Gold Diggings. The hut is in fairly poor condition with raised, uneven dirt floor and a poor excuse for a fireplace. Historically it was recognised as being a cold hole to stay in. The hut really is more of historic significance as opposed to being a place to stay.
Mattresses and toilet was renewed back in July 2012.
From the Pourakino Valley near Otautau, take Cascade Road. A route leads from the road end about 1km to the hut - approx 30mins. Another route leads directly to Martin's Hut, about 3km to the north - 90mins.
Dept of Conservation lists the Hut as a 4 bunk hut - is actually only a 2 bunk hut.





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Reply #38 - May 20th, 2014 at 8:54pm
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Kay Creek

Caples Valley RHA


S44°47.948  E168°14.783


Thanks to JoshC for this photo.

Kay Creek Hut is a somewhat dilapidated Hut and it would be reasonable to say you would only stay there if you were desperate and it was summertime.
It has an open fireplace with a couple of hessian sacking bunks and plenty of ventilation through the doorway.
The Kay Valley is morbidly cold once the snow falls in there and only sees a few hours of sunshine if the sun is actually out.
Access to the hut from Upper Caples Hut: head to the swingbridge 5 mins upstream from Upper Caples Hut and after crossing the swindbridge follow the track back down stream and then swing north into the Kay Valley.  From Upper Caples Hut to Kay Creek Hut it is approx 4 hrs walk to the confluence of Kay Creek and Death Valley which comes in from the eastern side.
The hut is sited on the other side of the confluence about 100m north of the forks. The walk in is a gradual upward climb and the valley is particularly steep sided.


Looking into Kay Creek Valley from Southern side of Caples Valley.



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Good Fallow deer Hunting to be had mind you but if going up Kay Creek and you want to stay it, may be worth lugging a tent or Hennesy Hammock.




View of swingbridge across the Caples River with Kay Creek Valley behind coming in from the left of picture.
  
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Reply #39 - Feb 23rd, 2015 at 2:02pm
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Green Lake Hut


S45°47.138, E167°24.006


Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CE07, E1164728, N4914513


Found in the Lake Monowai area of southern Fiordland.



Green Lake Hut is a relatively newer hut. 12 bunks with Fireplace and running water.
Can be accessed either by a 3 1/2 hour walk in from the Borland Road/Borland Bivvy or a 8-9hr walk in from near the start of Lake Monowai. The walk starts at the Borland Bivvy and is reasonably flat going through forest and tussock clearings until 45°46.38′S  167°22.59′E. Then comes a bit of an arduous climb that some may find a bit of a challenge but once at the top you then drop down to the bush edge and onto the shores of Green Lake where you skirt around the shore over to the Green Lake Hut.
Get a few visits from school groups as well as scouting groups.











Green Lake area holds 'lowish' Red Deer Numbers and its worth noting that helicopter culling is operating the area with an R44 seen with carcasses swinging flying over on the day I was there.


1st clearing on the way in.



Fishing is to be had in Green lake as well as nearby Island Lake although I am unaware of numbers and sizes.






Panoramic look at Green Lake from the Hut door in the morning.





Easy enough to walk kids into:




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


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Reply #40 - Jan 17th, 2021 at 8:00pm
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Back Valley Hut.


This is a basic four-bunk hut in eastern Fiordland.



Location

NZTopo50 map sheet: CE07
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1177445, N4936056

From the jetty on the other side of the Waiau River, follow the track for 15 minutes. Bypass the Circle Track sign on the left - carry on straight ahead.

The track follows close to the lake edge a few times and there are some unofficial tracks that lead to the lake itself.

From here the track climbs gently to the spur where the Circle Track rejoins the main track.

Continue straight ahead again until reaching the Back Valley/Hope Arm Hut junction.

Take the left branch, which leads through beech and podocarp forest and a stand of ribbonwood before emerging in some small clearings, where the Back Valley Hut is situated. After heavy rain this part of the track can be quite muddy.

The lake has abundant waterfowl and good fishing.

Back Valley Hut to Hope Arm Hut, 1 - 1.5 hr one way.

Back Valley Hut to Lake Rakatu, 2 hr return:
The track leaves behind the hut and generally follows Stinking Creek, meandering through tall manuka stands, open clearings, podocarp and beech forest to the lake.
  
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Reply #41 - Feb 16th, 2021 at 12:37pm
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Cheers mate. I might get there one day. Smiley
  

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