Neave Hut

Neave Hut (6 bunks, matresses, stream water, stove, limited firewood) is a comfortable forestry-style hut in the upper Whitcombe Valley, some 5km below the Whitcombe Pass. It can be a cold place: the evening sun blocked by the glaciers atop Mt Evans west, the morning sun by the main range of the Alps east. Get that fire cranking!

For those tramping up river, the stretch from Wilkinson to Neave is where things become spectacular: opposite, the Wilkinson & McKenzie glaciers drape over cliff-edges on either side of Mt Evans, waterfalls plunging from their rims to the Whitcombe below. The track also becomes more challenging: frequent creek crossings, and the climbs / descents typical of sidle tracks.

Above the hut the cut track leads as far as the bush-edge, and from there it's a riverbed route to the pass, with scrub on either side for the first couple of km. Tongues of ice descend into deep 'U' shaped side valleys from the Bracken snowfield to the west.

Mount Evans • By madpom.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Standard Hut
Sleeps
Sleeps 6
6
Facilities
Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Whitcombe roadend (J33 482038): 34km. Hut -> Wilkinson Hut turnoff (3.5km, 1.5-3hrs) -> Prices Flat Hut (5.5km, 2.5-5 hrs) -> Frew Hut (9km, 3.5-7hrs) -> Rapid Ck Hut (7km) -> roadend (9km)

Raikaia Valley (Glenfalloch Station): 31km. Hut -> Louper Biv (11km, 5-9 hrs) -> roadend (20km)

The Toaroha valley provides an alternative access point to the North and tramps onwards into the Havelock and beyond are possible over Butler Saddle to the south

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
780m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BW18
Map
ID 2043

About this hut

Added 19 June 2007 by madpommadpom. No revisions.
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