Dracophyllum Hut

Dracophyllum Hut (2 bunk, tank water) is a small ridgeline hut situated in cloud-forest (and thus mostly in cloud) on the Tararua main ridge between Arete and Nichols / Anderson's memorial. The hut was replaced a few years ago, but is already coated in a thick layer of mould and mosses: this is damp country. That said, it's got 2 bunks and metresses, and there's wood around, so if you can find some dry stuff a fire outside is not an impossibility.

The main reason to be here is walking the main ridge from Arete to Nichols. This is a beutiful section of ridgeline dipping in and out of cloud-forest on a well marked track. Comments in the hut book also note a rough but possible route crossing the Park River valley to Carkeek Hut from Dracophyllum.

Upper Park River • By mantis. Licence: C.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Basic Hut/Bivvy
Sleeps
Sleeps 2
2
Facilities
None
Water supply
No water
Getting there
Getting there
Arete Biv: 6.5km, 2.5-5 hours, track/poled route

Nichols Hut (for Waitawaewae and Otaki Forks): 6.5km, 2.5-5 hours, track

(see Tararua Main Ridge for details)

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
1,100m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BN33
Map
ID 3964

About this hut

Added 13 May 2009 by madpommadpom. No revisions.
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