Kakapo hut

Kahurangi National Park

Kakapo hut is near the river on the TL bank of the middle reaches of the Kakapo River. The Kakapo River is a tributary of the Karamea River.

The hut was built in 1958 by the NZFS for wild animal control purposes. It is a four bunker with an open fire.

Sep.2022: in good state after several work parties over past few years. See remotehuts.co.nz website. Whio protection trapline along Kakapo river; hut is at trap#67. The newly reinstated track from the old Belltown hut meets the trapline at #45

Sections of the original tracks to this hut have become overgrown or obliterated by slips but it is easy enough to get to if you are competent at untracked bush travel.

Looking down Kakapo River Oct 2010 • By glennj. Licence: C.
Key information
Owner: DOC
Basic Hut/Bivvy
Sleeps 4
Toilet, Open fireplace
Water supply
Natural water source
Kakapo stream nearby; jerrycan present
Getting there
Getting there
1/ Via Herbert Ck & the Kakapo Saddle from the Taipo R. Follow the marked route on the TL of Herbert Ck up through the Saddle. Where the marking stops descend NW to the Kakapo River. Head down stream for around 3km then a taped route that turns into a cut track leads to the hut. (5 - 7hrs) 2/ Via Drain Creek, Lawrence Saddle, Bellbird Stream & an Un-named Saddle to the Kakapo R. Sept.2022: route re-established (thx to Permolat) and is fully marked with permolat. Allow 7-8h
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 6050

About this hut

Added 25 October 2010 by glennjglennj. 3 revisions, most recently 1 October 2022 by HansNZHansNZ.
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