Old Man Hut

Mount Richmond Forest Park

Old Man Hut (sleeps 6, wood-burning stove, firewood available, tank & stream water) sits in a large grassy clearing between Old Man peak and Mt Rintoul. The hut is down a side-track, about 1km (300 vertical meters) off the ridgeline track between these two peaks, so be prepared for a bit of a climb in the morning if you're heading that way.

There's been a family of Weka living iunder the hut for some years now. They make entertaining watching, but don't leave anything lying around!

Bush tracks lead to The Growler and Lake Chalice, but for many the reason for being here is the 'alpine route' which passes this hut. on the way from Slaty Hut to Rintoul. The tops of Old Man offer great views over Nelson / Motueka. Tank water is also available on the summit of Old Man: a great relief for those walking the ridge from Richmond Saddle as this is the first water since the hut.

Old Man Hut • By madpom. Licence: cc by.
Key information
Owner: DOC
Standard Hut
Sleeps 6
Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Lake Chalice Hut / road: 12km via the Growler to hut, 2 more to the road.

Slaty Hut: 10km (2-4 hours) good track / poled route via tops.

Rintoul Hut: 6km route via Mt Rintoul

Top Valley roadend / campground: 12km (3-6 hours) to roadend via Old Man. 2km (30 minutes) more to campground. Good track.

Richmond Saddle Hut: 13km (4-8 hours) track to Ada Flats, rough route along ridgeline to Richmond Saddle. Beech and tussock with some thick scrub.

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 1726

About this hut

Added 7 February 2007 by madpommadpom. 2 revisions, most recently 21 May 2015 by iangeorgeiangeorge.
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