Macaulay Hut

Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park

Macaulay Hut (14 bunks, matresses, stove, firewood provided, water, bath, mountain radio, gas cookers, lighting) is a luxury option for those wanting to stay in the Macaulay Valley. It's owned by the McKenzie Alpine Trust and open to the public. Payment is by cash donation (box provided). The bath is outside, and is heated by lighting a fire in the fireplace underneath! The hut is stone-built, with a huge verandah and is by far the most nicest modern hut I've seen.

The hut may be reached by 4WD up the valley floor - but above the hut it's unmarked routes only. Many day-trip options exist: exploring the Macaulay up to glaciers at its heads, ascending Lower Tindall Stream to tarns and views of glaciers of the Sibbald Range.

Alpine routes lead to the Havelock via Timms Stream and Camp Creek / The Growler. The col at the head of Lower Tindall Stream leads to the Godley via North Branch.

NB: Waterfall and Stony Stream huts downstream have burnt down

Growler Hut • By madpom. Licence: cc by.
Key information
Owner: Mackenzie Alpine Trust
Serviced Hut
Sleeps 14
Mountain radio, Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner, Gas/electric cooking
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Lilybank Road roadend: 17km 4WD route via river flats

Havelock Valley (Mesopotania Station): 32km - Hut -> Growler Hut (12km unmarked alpine route via Plata Col / Balaclava Saddle, 8-14hrs) -> roadend (20km, 4WD route on river flats)

Godley Valley (Rankin Hut - 14km / Red Stag Hut - 19km): alpine route via Lower Tiddal Stream and North Branch

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access

This hut is owned by the Mackenzie Alpine Trust and is free for public use.

Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 2070

About this hut

Added 22 June 2007 by madpommadpom. 4 revisions, most recently 10 April 2017 by matthewmatthew.
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