Lyell Saddle hut

This recently built hut was started in April 2011. It was initially lived in by track builders but is now open to the public. Bookings are required and a fee of $15 per person per night is payable to the Old Ghost Road Trust. Book via this website

This hut has been built as part of one of the NZ Cycle Trail Projects. It is the first of four new huts on what will be the Lyell-Mokihinui section of a 160km cycleway/tramping route.

The Lyell Saddle hut sits on the dividing ridge between Lyell Creek and the South Branch of the Mokihinui River. It is a two roomed hut with a big porch. It sleeps twelve. There are good views from the hut into the Mokihinui. It is so popular two sleepouts have been added at Lyell Saddle to boost accomodation capacity.

Porch end view of Lyell Saddle hut Sept 2011 • By glennj. Licence: C.
Key information
Owner: NA
Standard Hut
Sleeps 12
Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Easiest access is to walk up from the DOC Lyell campground adjacent SH6. It is a bit over 17km up to the hut on an excellent track at an easy gradient. This route was once a dray road as far as Eight Mile Creek then a pack track onward to the saddle. Us oldies walked up to the new hut in exactly four hours including a couple of stops. Brand new DOC signs indicate it takes much longer than this but anyone of reasonable fitness could visit the hut & return to Lyell as a day trip.
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings required

$15 per person per night

Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 7320

About this hut

Added 21 September 2011 by glennjglennj. 3 revisions, most recently 16 October 2014 by iangeorgeiangeorge.
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