Grough Hut

Ruataniwha Conservation Park

The innacurately named Grough Hut (2 beds, 1 matress, no fire, water distant) is actually a very basic bivvy on the bushedge above the Dobson. The fireplace has been removed (according to a 2005 entry in the hut book, 'Gus' the local DOC recreation boss 'has a plan' for its remains - we wait with baited, shivering breath).

The main reason to be here is to hunt red deer, abundant in the beech faces in the mid-Dobson. The hut could be a stopping-point for those heading up- or down-river, but the comfortable Kennedy Hut an hour and a half upstream is reccomended.

Huts downstream are on Glen Lyon Station land: Station Hut is private, and ownership of Le Crens Hut is disputed between DOC who allowed it to fall into a derelict state, and Glen Lyon Station who renovated it. You may wish to book with Glen Lyon Station if staying there.

Lower Dobson Valley • By madpom.
Key information
Owner: DOC
Basic Hut/Bivvy
Sleeps 2
Water supply
No water
Getting there
Getting there
Glen Lyon Stn.: 4WD river flats route. Grough Hut -> Le Crens Hut (10km,2.5-5hrs) -> roadend (7.5km). 4WD track on Glen Lyon Station land - permission should be obtained

Lake Ohau Roadend (Huxley Lodge): Riverbed route down Dobson and easy crossing of Hopkins in low-moderate flows. Grough Hut -> Le Crens Hut (10km,2.5-5hrs) -> roadend (12km)

NB: Huxley Lodge at the Ohau roadend is a private school lodge. The nearest DOC hut in the Hopkins is Monument Hut, 8km upstream

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 2109

About this hut

Added 25 June 2007 by madpommadpom. No revisions.
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