No. 3 Hut / Number Three Hut

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No. 3 Hut (16 beds in 2 rooms, wood-burning stove, limited firewood available, tank / creek water) is a lovely historic hut on flats in the mid reaches of the Hurunui River. The hut is well built and lined with native timber. It dates back to the re-opening of the original Harper Pass route as a tramping track early last century. The original gold-rush track over Harpers was earlier abandoned in favour of the Arthurs Pass route. This hut was was one of four built along the roite in an attempt to establish a tramp that would 'rival the popularity of the Milford track'. Whilst the attempt to rival Milford may have been a little over-optimistic, the Hurunui valley makes a pleasent valley-floor tramp.

Above the hut, the valley leaves farmland and enters the Hurunui Mainland Island, where intensive control and restoration work by DOC attempts to preserve a range of rare species.

Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Standard Hut
Sleeps
Sleeps 16
16
Facilities
Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Hurunui Hut / Lake Sumner Roadend: 9km (2.5 - 4 hours) to Hut. Valley floor track / well maintained cut track in bush sections. Roadend 2km (30 mins) beyond hut.

Camerons Hut: 4km (1-2 hours). Valley floor / well maintained bush track

Harper Biv: 10.5km (2.5 - 5 hours). Valley floor / well maintained track as far as Cameron's Hut. A few slips and small creek crossings beyond Camerons. No. 4 hut 10km (3-6 hrs) beyond.

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
640m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BU22
Map
ID 1933

About this hut

Added 8 June 2007 by madpommadpom. 2 revisions, most recently 5 November 2010 by madpommadpom.
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