Cullen Creek Hut

This private 4-bunk hut is the only hut in the eastern Richmond Ranges. Sadly it is locked.

Camping spots exist nearby. The dunny is excellent: an A-frame 'school bus shelter', with no door & a view of the whole valley!

The hut lies near the head of Cullen Creek, on the Waikakaho Cullen Creek Track, and is marked on the P27 topomap as 'hut'. The track runs from the Queen Charlotte Drive between Picton and Havelock to Waikakaho Road off the north bank of the Wairau.

Following the Richmond Ranges main ridge west from Picton after 8 weeks without rain, I was forced to drop off the ridge seeking water; despite numerous streams shown, this was the first and only water supply found, some 500m below the ridgeline! As a further warning, the 'clear' face opposite the hut shown on P27 topomap is in fact 3-4m high manuka / fern scrub mix, and very tough going.

Cullen Creek Hut • By madpom. Licence: cc by.
Key information
Owner: Private
Private hut
Sleeps 4
Toilet, Open fireplace
Water supply
Natural water source
A reliable water supply is available 100m up the track from the hut.
Getting there
Getting there
Cullensville Road roadend (P27 816877): Cut track (3km)

Waikakaho Road roadend (P27 827806): Cut track (7km)

Picton / Mt Freeth road (P27 940910): Ridgeline route - reasonable going through beech forest and occasional clearings after 1.5km of marked route through scrub beyond Mt Freeth TV tower (17km, 9 hours).

This hut is locked. Enquire about access in advance.
Bookings required

Contact Jimmy Stuart 03-574-2331 for more details.

Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 1841

About this hut

Added 24 April 2007 by madpommadpom. 3 revisions, most recently 3 April 2017 by MatthewMatthew.
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