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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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Reply #2 - Sep 23rd, 2008 at 8:24pm
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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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Reply #4 - Sep 23rd, 2008 at 8:34pm
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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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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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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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McKerrow Island Hut



Quick Description: Located on McKerrow Island at the head of Lake McKerrow - South Island of New Zealand


S 44° 31.068 E 168° 03.811 (WGS84)

Lake McKerrow is situated on the Back-side of the Pembroke Wilderness area of Fiordland and is part of the Lower Hollyford River watershed. The Island at the head of the lake is formed by the Hollyford River as it enters the lake turning west then north as it flows into the lake with a flood channel continuing straight north where the river bends west - the Island thereby fronts onto the lake on it's north side with its south and west side being the river and the east side being the flood channel. This flood channel needs to be waded to access the Island and therefore some homework will need to be done before intending to venture there as if the Hollyford River is high then the flood channel will most likely be unwadable. As it was when I crossed it the Hollyford was not high yet the flood channel depth was still approx 100cms+ deep. On this 1km x 1km island is the McKerrow Island hut. Access to it is approx 9hrs from the road end of Gunns Camp off the Milford Road and is part of the Hollyford - Martins Bay - Pyke River walk. Alabaster Hut is approx 3 hrs further back on the Pyke watershed. If the flood channel is to high to cross then you do actually have the option of carrying on to the Demon Trail Hut which is another few hours walk further up the east side of the lake. For the most part the McKerrow Is hut is the lesser used of the trail as most people do tend to carry on over the Demon Trail as part of their pilgrimage to Martins Bay on the coast. Mckerrow Island is as stated approx 1km x 1km (maybe a little bigger) and is densely wooded with native Kowhai Trees making the birdsong of a morning and through the day melodic with Native Birds such as Tui & Bellbird. The Island itself is approx 15 kms from the sea yet I have seen seals venture here in search of trout and salmon which frequent the lake and river. Dolphins are not unheard of on Lake Mckerrow either as they venture up the Lower Hollyford river for similar purposes. The Hut itself is a 12 bunk hut with an adequate open fireplace so bring your own cooking gear and candles. Good information on this walk and others like it can be found in the book 'Moirs Guide South' which I would advocate as recommended reading. Treat the hut and surrounding bush with respect. Go easy on the firewood which can sometimes be found in the form of driftwood around the Islands brim.


Inside the Hut




fishing the river near McKerrow Hut



Type of shelter: hut

Sleeps How Many: 12

Reservation required: No

Cost: Less than $10

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed

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Howden Hut


Quick Description: Howden Hut is located on the shores of Lake Howden in the Greenstone Valley


S 44° 48.938 E 168° 08.099 (WGS84)

This hut is sited on the junction of the Greenstone/Routeburn tracks and is about 1-2 hrs hike from the Milford Highway across the Divide. It gets quite a lot of use in the summer - Peak Season, and therefore during this time a Hut Pass is required and can be obtained from the Department of Conservation . It it a large hut of 28 bunks with mattresses and has heating as well as cooking facilities. The track over the divide is well established and is so good that I have walked this track in the middle of the night with a pen light torch with little chance of getting lost. Not the sort of hut you want to visit in summer if you want to get away from people but the winter is certainly a bit less hectic. A nice easy walk and a good starter if you wanted to take young kids etc on their first outing. The shore of Lake Howden is 40 metres or so from the hut door.


View of Lake Howden from in front of hut


Type of shelter: cabin

Sleeps How Many: 28

Cost: $10-$30

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Open
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Glaisnock Valley Hut


Quick Description: Glaisnock Hut is sited in the Glaisnock Wilderness Area of Fiordland, New Zealand and is surrounded by pristine Forest & Mountains.


S 44° 59.909 E 167° 41.822 (WGS84)

This hut is most frequently visited by "Hunters & Fishermen and is accessible by boat only, up & across Lake TeAnau at the head of the North Arm. Boating up this arm can be harrowing as weather funnels out of the mountains and down the valley to the lake so pick your day! It is a sizeable journey and boats can be launched at TeAnau Township itself which would make it considerably longer or by launching from TeAnau Downs which will nearly halve the trip but still be significant in a small boat. The trip along the North Arm involves passing the Luger Burn and going through the Narrows to the head of the arm. 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 no tracks up this valley but rather it can be negotiated by creating your own route through the dense forest that it is. Topographical Map and compass is a must and GPS coverage could be scant under the forest canopy. The Glaisnock River is photogenic and is a few minutes bush bash straight out from the from the front door of the hut and can't be waded. Be cautious of this rivers ability to rise and fall given rain and storms up the valley and in the mountains that you may no nothing about. 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 Fiordland.



Type of shelter: hut

Sleeps How Many: 12

Reservation required: No

Cost: Less than $10

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed



Glaisnock River adjacent to hut




Head of the North Arm toward hut location



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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'44°01.648, E'169°30.393)  and boulder hop your way up till the bush opens up again near Sweet Nell Creek (S'44°01.075, E'169°32.894). 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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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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Poteriteri Hut

S46°06.661 E167°09.118 [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.



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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 29th, 2009 at 9:14am
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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 8:36pm
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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 9th, 2010 at 11:08am
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Kiwi Burn Hut

Snowden Forest/Mavora Lakes area.


S45 21.309 E168 05.454





Access to this Hut is through Hikuraki Station on the Mavora Lakes Road. A public easement exists from the road down to the carpark (approx 600metres). From there you cross the swingbridge and follow the river down stream on a well formed track for about 45 minutes or so and then cutting in the Kiwi burn Valley until about 15 - 20 mins later the KiwiBurn Clearings are reached. Cross the Kiwiburn Stream and head over to the left side and the hut is parked next to the bush a little further on.
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 12:55pm
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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 2:29pm
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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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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 2:49pm
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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 3:08pm
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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 S45°26.813, E168°27.066. 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 3:18pm
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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






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







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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



Waymarking link here:

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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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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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.

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



Zoomed out.

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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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-...


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




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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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Re: Huts, Bivvies & Shelters - South Island [South]
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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