Reischek Hut (6-bunk, matresses, stove, firewood, tank water, mountain radio) is a New Zealand Deer Stalkers Association (NZDA) hut on the south side of the Raikaia river flats. It's also the most comfortable hut I stayed at between Otira and Mt Cook (McCauley Lodge wins on luxury but not comfort).
Whilst the hut is owned by NZDA, it is open to the public. Donations are encouraged by post.
The hut is handy for those heading upstream into the heads of the Raikaia to the Lyell and Ramsay Glaciers. A marked route to Lyell Hut crosses the saddle south of Meins Knob, avoiding bluffs by the river. Details in hut.
Crossing the Raikaia at this point is possible in low-moderate flows, but those heading up the Whitcombe Pass from the roadend, are advised to cross at Glenfalloch station where the river is more braided.
The Butler Saddle to the south of the hut provides an alpine route into the Lawrence, and thus onto the Clyde / Havelock.
Raikaia roadend (Glenfalloch Station): 18km. River flats (4WD route)
Erewhon Stn (Havelock River): 29km unmarked alpine route. Hut-> Lawrence Biv via Butler Saddle (10km,6-12hrs) -> Lawrence Hut (9km,3-5hrs)-> roadend (10km,2-3hrs)
Whitcombe roadend (J33 482038): 35km track/route, crossing Raikaia. Hut-> Neave Hut (12km,6-10 hrs) -> Wilkinson Hut turnoff (3.5km,1.5-3hrs) -> Prices Flat Hut (5.5km,2.5-5 hrs) -> Frew Hut (9km,3.5-7hrs) -> Rapid Ck Hut (7km) -> roadend (9km)
|Bookings||Not available (first come, first served)|
|Facilities||Mountain radio, Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner|
|Water supply||Tap or tank water|
|Mobile phone coverage|