Poet Hut

Poet Hut (4 bunks, matresses, fireplace, river water) is a timber built hut in a small clearing in the Mungo Valley. The hut lies just above the river, and excellent swimming pools can be found a short distance upstream.

The hut is most commonly a stopover on the several day Toaroha-Hokitika, or Toaroha-Whitcombe-Raikaia valley tramps. As such, most people drop into the valley from either Homeward Spur or Toaroha Saddle, and leave by the other.

Options for exploring downstream have been limited with the destruction of the swingbridge below Bluff Hut - the river will only be crossable in very dry conditions.

Another option is a rough route continuing upstream to Mungo Hut from where it is possible to continue over the Mungo Pass or Hokitika Saddle into the Wilberforce.

Mungo River pools above Poet Hut • By madpom.
Key information
Owner: DOC
Standard Hut
Sleeps 4
Toilet, Open fireplace
Water supply
No water
Getting there
Getting there
Toaroha Roadend (J33 577094): 20.5km - Cut track. Poet Hut -> Toaroha Biv (2.5km, 1-1.5hrs) -> Top Toaroha Hut (2km) -> Cedar Flats Hut (7km)

Whitcombe River Valley (Frew Hut): Cut track / poled alpine route. Poets Hut -> Frew Biv (11km, 5.5-9 hrs) -> Frews Hut (7km, 3-5hrs) - tracks lead from there to the Hokitika Roadend and Raikaia River valley

Mungo Hut: 5km - cut track and riverbed route.

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 2027

About this hut

Added 17 June 2007 by madpommadpom. 5 revisions, most recently 11 February 2009 by HonoraHonora.
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