Top Butler hut Jan 2012

Top Butler hut  Jan 2012

This is a six bunk hut built by the NZFS in 1974. It is situated on the TL of the Butler River on the downstream side of the confluence with the South Branch. The Butler River is one of the headwater tributaries of the Whataroa River which is a major South Westland river.

This hut gets a fair bit of use but nearly all is from fly in hunters chasing Thar. There is a pretty good track system in the Whataroa catchment considering the rugged country that is traversed. A fit experienced party in good conditions should have no trouble walking in to this hut in a day from the roadend. Above the hut the track continues up the TL of the Butler River after crossing a swing bridge over the South Branch to give access to Ice Lake.



  • Honora Honora Yuk! Emma said the 3 "hunters" had no rifles and had a woman with them. Maybe these creeps wanted to give hunters a bad rep.
    20 January 2012
  • glennj glennj Yes! When comparing photos you can see that there is a lot more scrub near the hut now than there was in the late 70's. It is a nice spot. Pity the fly in types didn't take their litter back out with them tho. The stove was half full of charred beer cans when I was there & there were a lot of empty boxes, bottles & bits & pieces of other junk left there.
    20 January 2012
  • Honora Honora Aha! Now that the identity has been rumbled, you've posted the pic. It looks really pretty in a setting a bit like Newton Creek Hut.
    19 January 2012
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