Kennedy Hut

Ruataniwha Conservation Park

Kennedy Hut / Kennedy Memorial Hut (6 bunks, matresses, stove, tank & stream water) is a spacious 6 bed hut in the mid-Dobson. It is located in a small copse of mature beech tree on terraces to the west of the valley. The hut provides good views up to glaciers at the head of the Dobson, but is sheltered from the worst of the winds by the trees. It is by far the most comfortable hut in the valley, and has the warmest location.

The hut is popular with hunters, after red deer in the beech-covered valleysides, so expect company. Adventurous trampers have the option of continuing up the valley and over one of three saddles: Jamieson saddle into the Tasman, Tragedy Col into the Hopkins or Barron Saddle onto the Mueller Glacier.

Downriver, Station Hut is private (Glen Lyon Station), and ownership of Le Crens Hut is contested between DOC who allowed it to fall into disrepair and Glen Lyon Station who renovated it - it may be advisable to book to avoid conflict.

Dobson Valley • By madpom.
Key information
Owner: DOC
Standard Hut
Sleeps 6
Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Glen Lyon Stn.: 4WD river flats route. Kennedy Hut -> Grough Hut (6.5km,1.5-3hrs) -> Le Crens Hut (10km,2.5-5hrs) -> roadend (7.5km). 4WD track on Glen Lyon Station land - permission should be obtained

4 alpine routes:

- Tragedy Col, opposite Waterfall Hut into the Hopkins and Erceg Hut

- Jamieson Saddle, in the upper Dobson, to the Tasman/SH80

- Barron Saddle, onto the Mueller Glacier & Barron / Mueller Huts

- Route above Waterfall Hut to Bushy Stream/SH80

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 2107

About this hut

Added 25 June 2007 by madpommadpom. 1 revision 25 June 2007 by madpommadpom.
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