Upper Windley Hut

Eyre Mountains/Taka Rā Haka Conservation Park

A comfy 4-bunk hut in the upper Windley Valley, Eyre Mountains. The hut is at the back of a clearing on the west side of the creek, 200m downriver of the forks of the main Windley River and the side creek which drains from the pass to Lincoln Hut in the Oreti.

The hut has 4 bunks and a fireplace. There's plenty of firewood around, and water is a cruel 100m descent to the creek. The only disappointment is the lack of chairs / benches to sit on.

The Windley is a tight valley with gorged beech forested sections, opening out to 10-20m wide flats with grassy clearings. Travel upriver from the Lower Windley hut is reportedly slow and frequently in-river. However, reasonable passes cross from the upper Windley to Lincoln Hut in the Oreti and Ashton hut in the Ashton. In summer the peaks on the west side are easily climbable. A high route to Islands hut is also possible, climbing the ridge opposite the hut. The valley route to islands is hard: gorges and waterfalls.

Upper Windley valley and hut • By madpom. Licence: cc by.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Standard Hut
Sleeps
Sleeps 4
4
Facilities
Toilet, Open fireplace
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Lower Windley Hut: 13km, riverbed route, gorged and slow. 5-10hrs

Lincoln / Oreti Huts: 7/10km, 2.5-5 hrs. Good route over 1460m pass up fork 200m north of hut

Ashton Hut: 7km, 2.5-5hrs. Good route up Windley river, climbing to pt1412 and dropping west of tarns down ridge to Ashton

Islands Hut: 7km, 2.5-5hrs: Climb ridge opposite Windley Hut. Descend to side creek beyond & sidle north face of valleys to pass staying above bush/scrub. River route not recommended!

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
810m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-CD10
Map
ID 7067

About this hut

Added 18 June 2011 by madpommadpom. 1 revision 23 January 2013 by MatthewMatthew.
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