Butler Junction hut

Butler Junction hut is an ex NZFS 8 bunker located near the confluence of the Whataroa & Butler Rivers in South Westland. The hut is on the TR of both these rivers with the placement giving good views down the Whataroa River. Nearby swing bridges give access to the TL of each of these rivers.

Butler Junction hut gets a fair bit of use from hunters many of whom fly in. (The hut has an outside meat safe) A few trampers, mountaineers, prospectors & extreme kayakers also visit. The hut would be a good base for hunting from or to explore the surrounding area. Day trips to glaciers, ice lakes, hot springs, old gold mining sites, Whymper or Top Butler huts are all options.

It is a comfortable days walk along a marked track/route from the Whataroa roadend to Butler Junction hut. A fit party could reach Top Butler hut if they wanted to continue further. The walk in is a mix of easy & demanding going with some impressive river gorges & big side creeks along the way.

Butler Junction hut & Whataroa River Jan 2012 • By glennj. Licence: C.
Key information
Owner: DOC
Standard Hut
Sleeps 8
Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
The track start is on the TL of the Whataroa River near the helicopter tourism operation carpark. (Turn inland up a short road just south of the highway bridge) From there head to the Whataroa - Perth track junction & take the track up the Whataroa to Butler Junction hut.

DOC guideline times are 2 hours to the Whataroa - Perth junction plus another 6 hours up to Butler Junction hut. (These times are too generous by about 25% for fit parties in good conditions!)

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 7651

About this hut

Added 20 January 2012 by glennjglennj. 1 revision 22 January 2012 by glennjglennj.
125 views in the past year (10 per month).