Growler Hut

Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park

Growler Hut is located on the south side of the Havelock River valley, just upriver of the Growler Stream. It's a comfortable, well maintained hut with a good stove, but limited firewood in the locality.

The hut was previously owned by Mesopotania Station, but is now DOC owned and managed by local hunters.

On the same side of the river, DOC's Mistake Flats hut (9km upriver) provides alternative accommodation, as does Curtis Memorial Hut on the north bank.

The hut is popular with hunters, with Carneys Creek, Camp Creek and The Growler thick with tahr. The Growler and Camp Creek both give good alpine routes into the McCauley/Godley to the south-west. The hut is also a handy resting place for those who, like me, are soaked to the skin after crossing the Havelock from the Clyde valley.

Growler Hut • By madpom. Licence: cc by.
Key information
Owner: DOC
Standard Hut
Sleeps 8
Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Natural water source
Getting there
Getting there
Mesopotamia Station: 20km - 4WD route on river flats. Hut -> Black Mountain Hut (8km) -> Mesopotamia Station (12km)

Erewhon Downs Station: 11km - river flats with crossing of Havelock and Clyde rivers.

Both The Growler and Camp Creek provide unmarked alpine routes into the McCauley. Descending Tomms Stream takes you to the new McCauley Lodge (12km, 8-14hrs via Growler, Balaclava Saddle, Plata Col, Tomms Strm). NE Gorge Creek leads more directly to the Lilybank Road roadend

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 2064

About this hut

Added 22 June 2007 by madpommadpom. 5 revisions, most recently 13 December 2016 by matthewmatthew.
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