Frew Saddle Bivouac / Frew's Biv

The Frew Saddle Bivouac (sleeps 2, matresses, stream water 100m distant, no fire) is a well maintained alpine bivouac 200m west of the Frew Saddle between the upper Hokitika and Whitcombe valleys. It's well above the treeline in rock & tussock (& speargrass) country. Resident kea provide entertainment.

The marked tracks from Poet Hut via homeward ridge, and Bluff Hut both peter out 3km below the Frew Saddle, and it's a riverbed walk from there. Plentiful speargrass adds to the fun. Poles start again on the Hokitika valley floor directly below the saddle and lead to the pass and hut.

The cut track to the saddle from the Whitcombe side is well maintained but hard going: it spends a long time sidling steep, slippery faces, climbing over tree roots, and finally as a riverbed route for the last 2.5km to the hut/pass. Allow at least twice the time you'd expect.

Hut book entries speak of possibilities for exploring the ridgeline south of the biv.

Looking NW over Frew biv April 2011 • By glennj. Licence: C.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Basic Hut/Bivvy
Sleeps
Sleeps 2
2
Facilities
None
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Toaroha Roadend (J33 577094): 31km - Cut track & poled route. Frew Biv -> Poet Hut via Homeward Ridge (10.5km, 5-8 hrs) -> Toaroha Biv (2.5km, 1-1.5hrs) -> Top Toaroha Hut (2km) -> Cedar Flats Hut (7km) -> roadend (9km)

Whitcombe roadend (J33 482038): 23km. Biv -> Frew Hut (7km, 3-6hrs) -> Rapid Ck Hut (7km) -> roadend (9km)

Raikaia Valley (Louper Biv): 36km. Biv-> Frews Hut (7km, 3-6hrs) -> Prices Hut (9km, 3.5-7hrs) -> Neave Hut (9km, 4-8hrs) -> Louper Biv (11km, 5-9 hrs)

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
1,308m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BV19
Map
ID 2031

About this hut

Added 18 June 2007 by madpommadpom. 1 revision 13 September 2010 by madpommadpom.
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