Maori Saddle hut

This is the middle of the three huts on the Haast - Paringa "Cattle Track" and the modernest. It sits close to a saddle between the Whakapohai and Waita Rivers that was used as a travel route in pre European times.

It is a couple of hours quicker getting to this hut from the northern road end than the southern road end and when we walked it in May 09 the track north of this hut had been maintained more recently and to a higher standard than to the south. It is reachable in a day from either end!

There is a benched branch track giving access to the Mataketake Range leaving the Maori Saddle to Blowfly hut section of track NE of Wrong Creek. I thought it might be for stock access to the tussock for grazing but have since been told by one of the last roadmen to work on the track that it provided pack horse & foot access to a mica mine.

Maori Saddle hut May 2009 • By glennj. Licence: C.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Standard Hut
Sleeps
Sleeps 10
10
Facilities
Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
No water
Getting there
Getting there
From Blowfly or Coppermine Creek huts, the huts north and south on the "Cattle Track" or from the Mataketake Range.
Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
625m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BY13
Map
ID 5962

About this hut

Added 28 September 2010 by glennjglennj. 2 revisions, most recently 18 April 2011 by glennjglennj.
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