Mudflats Hut

Mudflats Hut (6 bunks, matresses, tank water, stove, firewood available) lies in the mid-reaches of the Arahura Valley in Westland. It's a forestry-style hut, and well maintained. Don't be put off by the name - the flats are grassy, not muddy.

The hut is on the Arahura-Styx track, a 36km tramp (36km roadend-roadend, 53km including 10km along roads to complete the circuit) along a historic, well maintained, benched pack-horse track. The hut is 16km from the Arahura roadend, and as such a convenient 1st/last night's resting place.

Upstream of the hut, the main track forks, with the southern branch continuing over the Browning Pass into the Wiblerforce - an interesting track for those after a crossing of the alps on marked tracks.

An old marked route climbs the Campbell Range directly behind the hut, making it a good base to explore the tops or for a route-type crossing into the Taipo - for the more adventurous.

Arahura-Styx track • By madpom.
Key information
Owner: DOC
Standard Hut
Sleeps 6
Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Arahura Roadend (J33 657186): 16km along a benched, well maintained track, via Lower Arahura Hut (8km)

Styx Roadend (J33 596122): 20km along a benched, well maintained track, via Grassy Flats Hut (8km) and Mid Styx Hut (13km).

Newton Creek Hut: 5km (2.5-4hrs). Cut track Newton - Arahura Swingbridge. Scramble up creek 300m upstream of swingbridge, following intermittant marker tape to benched Arahura-Styx Track.

Harman Hut: 8km along marked, cut track.

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 1992

About this hut

Added 17 June 2007 by madpommadpom. 4 revisions, most recently 13 September 2010 by glennjglennj.
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