Buster Shelter Hut

Oteake Conservation Park

A basic 1-2 person biv in the Oteake Conservation Area, in the Kakanui range between Naseby and Kurow.

The shelter lies beside the historic Buster Diggings gold mining area: an expansive (>1km2) area of mined land on a saddle on the summit of the Kakanui range. The whole area now glistens white with the quartz(?) crystals left behind by the mining. Many other smaller similar areas dot the surrounding hillsides.

The hut was restored in early 2010, and has one bunk 1.5 mattresses long. An additional half mattress lies under the bed allowing a 2nd person to sleep on the floor if topping and tailing is not your thing! There's a small metal cooking shelf, a candle holder and a water bucket - handy as the nearest water supply is 100m away down the Little Kyeburn track.

The hut lies at the upper end of the 1-3hr Little Kyeburn tramping track. It is also on the Mt Kyeburn loop track, and 1-2km from the 4wd road to Buster Diggings. Mountain bikes are permitted.

Buster Shelter Hut • By madpom. Licence: cc by.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Basic Hut/Bivvy
Sleeps
Sleeps 2
2
Facilities
None
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Carpark is at the end of Little Kyeburn Road

Carpark via Little Keyburn Track: 6.3km, 1.5-3 hrs

Carpark via Mt Buster Road (4wd): 4km to locked gate at Buster Diggings. Then 1.5km to the hut on an old (closed) 4wd track. Bikes / horses permitted.

Carpark via My Kyeburn: 8km on old (closed) 4wd tracks over the 1400m Mt Kyeburn

At least 6 huts existed in the park when DoC took over - the only two marked on DoC maps are Boundary Creek and Otamatapaio.

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
1,220m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-CB16
Map
ID 6197

About this hut

Added 11 December 2010 by madpommadpom. 5 revisions, most recently 23 January 2013 by MatthewMatthew.
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