Pakituhi Hut

A new, but characterless tramping hut 1000m above Lake Hawea. 8 mattresses on 2 sleeping platforms. Tank water. No fire.

The hut sits on the new 'shortcut' track which cuts off Timaru Creek halfway from Timaru Hut to Lake Hawea, and heads more directly towards Hawea township to hit the lakeshore 1km from its southern end. From the ridgeline above the hut, there are great views over Lake Hawea and the town of Wanaka to the snowcapped divide beyond. Beautiful. (Un?)fortunately the hut sits in a sheltered tussock hollow on the other side of the ridge, and misses both the view and the prevailing westerlies.

There is a steep 4km tramping track up from Lake Hawea, climbing 1000m first is an series of zig-zags on cut track, then up a rough ridgeline scramble. To the east, 2 option are available: a tussock tramp over Breast Hill, or an old farm 4wd track. Both lead to the ridgeline above Timaru Creek, and give access to Stodys Hut.

Breast Hill • By Briar. Licence: C.
Key information
Owner: DOC
Standard Hut
Sleeps 8
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Lake Hawea: 4km/1000m climb (1.5-3hrs). Tramping track

Stodys Hut: 13km. Tramping /4wd track (2-4hrs)

Timaru River options:

Beyond Stodys a tramping track descends 2km to Timaru Creek to join the Timaru River track. This leads 13 down river to Lake Hawea via Junction Hut

Upriver it's 9km to Timaru Hut beyond which 4wd tracks lead to the Ahuriri

Opposuite & 4km downriver, Chamois Creek climbs to Moonlight & Roses Hut with crossings to the Dingleburn

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 7306

About this hut

Added 18 September 2011 by madpommadpom. No revisions.
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