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Stewart Island Huts
Jun 17th, 2010 at 1:57am
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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 only on Stewart Island.  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.
So feel free to add to this thread.


jwingill wrote on Oct 25th, 2013 at 3:54am:
Rakiura Hunter Camp Trust advises that the levy for hunters to use these huts has been increased to $30 per person regardless of the length of the stay.   Ie if you stay 10 nights that works out at $3.oo per night.
Sadly, the increased cost of transport and materials has forced this increase.


jwingill wrote on Nov 21st, 2016 at 5:33pm:
Stewart Island Hunter Reports.

A couple years ago DOC stopped sending a hard copy permit return to Island Whitetail hunters and we were forced to impliment an online report.  As a result reports have been very low as most do not go back to the email when they get home.  This information is very helpful to the Hunter Hut Trust  and provides valuable resourse information.  We cannot advocate for hunters on the island without accurate data.  If you have been hunting on the Island please go online and complete a report at :- 

http://www.southlanddeerstalkers.org.nz/hunter-returns/

It takes less than 2 minutes.    Thank you.  John.


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Re: Stewart Island Huts
Reply #1 - Jun 17th, 2010 at 2:03am
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jwingill wrote on Jun 7th, 2010 at 8:59am:
Rakiutra Hunter Camp Charitable Trust manages 15 huts for hunters on Stewart Island.    12 have been built by the trust and the other three huts built by NZFS have been upgraded.  The Trust has a concession to manage these huts and is required to inspect all at least once a year.  However, the cost prohibits us from more regular visits and we must rely on reports from hunters.

If you visit a hut and you see a problem or want to make a report please do so to   huntercamptrust@hotmail.com  or by phoning John 032131430 or Ray 032163751.   Please make your reports direct and not to DoC as it is better for us to be able to get the information firsthand.

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Little Glory.


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North Big Glory.

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Homestead
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If you are thinking that most of these huts look the same, you're right.  One of the Trust Objectives is to build for uniformity that way if you go to one hut you know what to expect at the next and dont have to take unncessary plastic, tarps etc.
Our aim has always been to reduce site degradation and reduce rubbish.  Dont leave anything for the next party, everyone takes everything they need.

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Interior North Tikotatahi
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Re: Stewart Island Huts
Reply #2 - Jun 17th, 2010 at 2:05am
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jwingill wrote on Jun 7th, 2010 at 9:36am:

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CT is slightly different.  The hut is owned by Hunter Camp Trust but administered by Rakiura Maori Land Trust.

The following huts are all on RMLT blocks.  The were built by the Hunter Hut Trust (paid for by RMLT) and are pretty much the same as all other huts.  The issues of site degradation and rubbish are the same regardless of who administers the land.
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The vision of the Rakiura Hunter Camp Trust is for all parties to leave the hut or campsite in better condition than they find it.  If you find rubbish, don't complain about, take it away.

For more information about the Trust see: http://www.southlanddeerstalkers.org.nz/index.php?option=com_content&view=articl...
  
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Re: Stewart Island Huts
Reply #3 - Jul 29th, 2010 at 12:32am
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Herron Hut
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Port Adventure, Stewart Island

S47*02.962  E168*10.576 (WGS84)


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Sleeps 6. Pot belly fire, Good modern hut with alloy windows, fly screens etc. Approx 1000lt fresh water tank, sinks, meat safe, long drop. It is one of the Hunter trust huts, cost $10 per person per trip. Bookings made with DOC up to 10 days permit length. Need to book a long way in advance mind you.

Photo & Coordinates provided to me by David McFadzien - Gore Branch NZDA



12pointer wrote on Dec 3rd, 2008 at 10:04pm:
Addition to info regarding the HERON (or Bosom) hut.
There islenty of grassed area beside the hut to errect a tent if there is too many in the party to sleep inside the hut.
This hut is bigger in floor space area than most of the recently built Hunter Trust huts.
CHECK inside the water tank before drinking the water, as we found dead rats floating in the tank, that had obviously got in by going up the overflow pipe from the tank. Fresh water is available from creeks just up the Heron abit, provided you have a boat, but make sure you get it above the high tide mark or you'll have salty water.
WARNING There is two bouys in the bay in front of the hut, so make sure you approach the shore very carefully, from between the bouys, and preferably line up just to the left side of the hut as you look at it on your approach, because there is some serious prop smashing rocks in the bay in front of the hut.
If you have heavier boats such as stabbis, or larger dingies an "endless rope" mooring system so you can haul the boat out into deeper water is advised, or you will end up with your boat high and dry, and a long way from water between tides. The mooring system needs to be capable of at least 50 metres, because the tide goes out a loooong way.


NZMG co-ords are East 2143210  North 5340185


Note the rocks peeping out of the water in the photo above, and the next 2 photos below, and also how far the tide has gone out.


Note the mooring line in this photo.




Note the heavy Stabbi on mooring line in this photo

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Re: Stewart Island Huts
Reply #4 - Oct 17th, 2010 at 9:44am
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All Rakiura Hunter Camp Trust huts are administered by DoC  ie when you get a permit you book the hut. The current charge is $20 per person regardless of how many nights you stay.

I'm not sure I would call Port Adventure a modern hut.  It was built at Flounder Bay in the 1960's and moved to it's present site about 1980.  It was upgraded by the Trust in 2007.

For block availablity see:-

http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-visit/southland/southern-i...
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Re: Stewart Island Huts
Reply #5 - Feb 16th, 2011 at 5:03am
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South West Arm




From the beach looking back towards where the hut is.



Cleaning the roof.



Replacing flue.
  

Hunting wild animals on Department of Conservation administered land during the hours of darkness (½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise) is prohibited.
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Reply #6 - Mar 12th, 2012 at 7:50am
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A new hut at Upper Lords River block has been finished.  Built to the same configeration as most other huts built by Rakiura Hunter Camp Trust. Has six bunks, pot belly stove, meat safe, covered veranda and toilet.   

Those of you who have been up there in the mud will be pleased to know that we have laid duckboards around the site which should put an end to the bog which developes in the wet.



  
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Reply #7 - Oct 25th, 2013 at 6:49am
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Masons Bay Hut

S 46° 55.593 E 167° 46.818 (WGS84)




Quick Description: Located on Masons Bay, Stewart Island. New Zealand. Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CJ08, E1202665, N4789763



This Standard 20 bunk hut is part of the North-West circuit which is an approx 10 day tramp of the North-Western area of Stewart Island. More info on this hike can be found at this link: http://www.conservation.govt.nz/templates/trackandwalk.aspx?id=36623
The Hut has a fireplace, water catchment tank and toilets. Frequently it is used by hunters also who stay in the area after Stewart Islands Whitetail Deer. It pays to pick your weather for this trip as the weather on this side of Stewart Island is more often than not blowing a gale and often accompanied with rain. Night-times and even daytimes can be fruitful in spotting kiwi walking around the sand-dunes and in the forest.

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: 20

Reservation required: No

Cost: Less than $10

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed


Waymarking Link here;http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM2E4D_Masons_Bay_Hut
  
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Reply #8 - Oct 25th, 2013 at 7:23am
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Bungaree Hut


S46 48.534 E168 02.025


Quick Description: Bungaree Hut is located on the North East side of Stewart Island




This hut located on the North-North-East side of Stewart Island is part of the track that makes up the North-West circuit. The time to travel/walk to this hut is measured in days and information on hike times can be obtained from the Stewart Island Department of Conservation. The North-West circuit is not only measured in time and distance but is also measured in depth in that the mud can be easily knee deep in parts of this track due to the high amount of rainfall that happens here. Other than walking the other way to access this hut is by boat chartered from Bluff on the Mainland or from Half Moon Bay on the Island. The hut does see quite a bit of foot traffic from Trampers but is frequented by Hunters as well searching for Whitetail Deer. It is the Hunters that will most frequently access this hut by boat as I have done. Be it that the trip I done here was on boat it was decided by our party to take tents and tarpaulins etc to set up beside the hut so as not to cram it up for hikers. We still used the hut as a base but slept in tents regardless.
The hut is a comfortable 16 bunk hut with a fireplace for heating and limited amount of cooking so gas cookers are advised. We also took sacks of coal with us but if you are hiking in then go easy on the limited wood - only use dead stuff , preferably driftwood. The hut sits up on a plateau above the Big Bungaree Beach at it's western end. A small penguin colony is to be found nearby and some of the rocks off the other end of the beach provide some reasonable surf casting. Should you visit and stay at it then leave this hut is better condition than when you found it.

Type of shelter: hut

Sleeps How Many: 16

Reservation required: No

Cost: $10-$30

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed

Stay overnight: Not listed


http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM58H_Bungaree_Hut

  
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March 2014, New Hunters Hut built at Murray River built by volunteers from Southland Branch NZDA for Rakiura Hunter Camp Trust at a cost of approx $34,000.
See this link for TV3 coverage.
http://www.3news.co.nz/Stewart-Island-introduces-hunter-huts/tabid/423/articleID...
  
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Smoky beach.   New hut completed March 2015





Yes, you are right,  Just the same as the others.   All Rakiura Hunter Camp Trust are similar configeration with six bunks (4 at Mason Bay huts), veranda, Norski Toilet, meatsafe, 1100 litre watertank. 

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Earlier this month the Trustees of the Hunter Hut Trust and three helpers went to Port Adventure and gave the old hut at Heron River a makeover.

Work done included removal of the old metal cupboard behind the door.  What sudden mess it was almost rusted  completely away at the rear.  The interior was cleaned and painted.  Please refrain from putting any more holes in the ceiling.  It is only hardboard.   A new window installed at the bunk end with a small slider for better ventilation.   A new ply top was fitted to the table.  A new Wagner Sparky fire installed a.  These fires will burn coal but work best on dry wood.  For extra draft leave the door slightly ajar.

The  exterior has been building wrapped and new layer of exterior ply fitted.  These measures, as well as an new vent should see a huge reduction in the amount of condensation which used to form on the interior walls.

We also took away all the rubbish.  Dont leave your old chairs etc at the hut.   If you want to be helpful give the windows a clean,  Lift the sliders out and remove all the dead flies from the tracks. 

While there we installed the same fire at Kellys, fitted a new aluminium door and gave both huts a coat of pant.   This is where your $30 hut levy goes.

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Reply #12 - Nov 21st, 2016 at 5:33pm
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Stewart Island Hunter Reports.

A couple years ago DOC stopped sending a hard copy permit return to Island Whitetail hunters and we were forced to impliment an online report.  As a result reports have been very low as most do not go back to the email when they get home.  This information is very helpful to the Hunter Hut Trust  and provides valuable resourse information.  We cannot advocate for hunters on the island without accurate data.  If you have been hunting on the Island please go online and complete a report at :- 

http://www.southlanddeerstalkers.org.nz/hunter-returns/

It takes less than 2 minutes.    Thank you.  John.
  
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Re: Stewart Island Huts
Reply #13 - Jan 17th, 2017 at 9:38pm
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Port William Hut


S46° 50.143' E168° 05.228






Port William Hut is part of the Great Walks and therefore my suggestion is to avoid the hut during the summer season - if you want to avoid loopies and people in general. If you do want to venture there during the summer season it will be imperative that you book well in advance and remember no hunting within 500metres of track or hut.
Port William Hut is a 24 bunk hut and is sited 4hours walk from the start of the track at Lee Bay. (S46° 51.807' E168° 07.387)
If you are starting out from Oban township then my recommendation is to get the taxi van to drop you off at Lee Bay otherwise it adds another 75-90 mins walk tarseal and gravel road.
If you can time the walk to be occurring at 1/2 outgoing tide you'd find yourself able to take a couple of shortcuts as well. Generally the track is wide enough and estabished enough that you could push a pram load of grog around and not shake the bottles - except where there are stairs, of which there are a few.
Once you begin the walk the first major creek system you will hit is Little River. If the tide is half out then you can cheat a little time here by leaving the track and cutting across the estuary and rejoining the track which does have orange markers showing the points to follow. Carrying on around Peters Point you will then drop onto Maori Beach. At the east end is a campsite as well as old Sawmill relics to have a look at. The campsite may be worth a fly camp trip to do late evening and early morning hunts.
At the west end of Maori Beach is a swing Bridge and then carrying on through you will eventually drop down to Magnetic Beach and Port William.
Approx 45 mins from the hut and after Maori Beach is the track Junction for the North Arm hut which is approx 5 hrs from this junction.
Approx 300 metres from the hut back along Magnetic Beach is a campsite that is used for overflow from the hut and has a two wall shelter and a toilet. This grass clearing is appearantly good for Kiwi spotting although i didnt see any while I was there.
Just prior to the Port William Hut and near the campsite is the junction for the track that leads on the North West circuit and onto Bungaree which is another 3-4hrs on. The track for this as well as the track to North Arm hut are the tracks that turn to mud and are very different to the footpath you have just walked in on from Lee Bay.
Port William hut is manned by DOC Fun Police in the adjoining wardens quarters during the summer season.
The Port William hut has fireplace, running water and toilets in good nick.
Kiwis screaming outside the hut at night are common.

Note:
I found quite a disparity between the track shown on the map and the actual track followed using GPS mapping also.

Port William Hut :



The start of the track at Lee Bay (S46° 51.807' E168° 07.387) :



Junction to North Arm Hut (S46° 50.795' E168° 04.635) :



Junction to Bungaree Hut:



Port William Campsite  (S46° 50.194' E168° 04.892) :


Maori Beach and swingbridge:




Looking at West end of Maori Beach from Peters Point
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