Smyth hut

Smyth hut is an ex NZFS six bunk hut in the upper Wanganui River area in Westland. It is on the TL of the Wanganui slightly below but more or less opposite where it is joined by the Smyth River. About 200 metres below the hut on the TL edge of the river there are a series of hot springs.

This hut is set amid some rugged country with permanent ice fields around the tops. The steep & often crumbling slopes lead down to swift watercourses that contain some very large boulders. This country is inhabited by strong populations of thar and chamois which attract a regular flow of hunters to Smyth hut. A lot of the hunters fly in rather than walk!

Smyth hut January 2012 • By glennj. Licence: C.
Key information
Owner: DOC
Standard Hut
Sleeps 6
Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
1/ Up the Wanganui from the roadend or Hunters hut. See the Hunters hut entry for road end info. DOC guideline times are 5hrs to Hunters hut and another 6hrs up to Smyth hut. (a fit party in good conditions would do it a couple of hours quicker than this)

2/ From the Waitaha tributary County Stream. Allow a day to travel between County & Smyth huts. There are two untracked & unmarked routes I know of. See the Permolat County Stream hut page for more details.

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 7599

About this hut

Added 5 January 2012 by glennjglennj. No revisions.
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