Mount Rintoul Hut

Mount Richmond Forest Park

Rintoul Hut / Mount Rintoul Hut (6 beds, matresses, stove, tank water) lies on the Alpine Route, 100m below the bushline on the main ridge of the Richmond Ranges, as it heads west from Mt Rintoul towards Purple Top. The hut has good views over Nelson and the lower Waiiti valley.

The hut offers a good break point for the night after the steep descent from Mt Rintoul (not to mention the two steep ascents to get there in the first place) for those travelling the Richmond main ridge, or the Richmond Alpine routes west. The hut also makes a popular overnight trip from the Lee River south of Nelson - which can be cycled from the roadend to 2km before Bishops Cap.

Mount Rintoul 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
Lee Valley Road roadend: 15km. 4WD track and cut track. Poled route over Purple Top.

Old Man Hut: 5km, 3-6 hours. Poled route over scree. Note: From Old man, route climbs to 1643m, descends to 1400m between east and west peak then climbs again to 1731m. Descent between peaks is steep & on loose scree. Several parties report having to overnight between the peaks due to bad weather.

Tarn Hut 8km, 2.5-4hrs. Good cut track though beech. Poled rock section over Purple Top.

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 1857

About this hut

Added 25 April 2007 by madpommadpom. 2 revisions, most recently 21 May 2015 by iangeorgeiangeorge.
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