Moonbeam hut

Moonbeam hut is on a terrace on the TL bank of the Waitaha River 300m above the confluence with Moonbeam Torrent. It is an NZFS six bunker of 1969 vintage. It's in good condition and unlike many of its contemporaries has retained its open fire place during the DOC era.

Moonbeam hut would be a day's walk up from the Waitaha roadend for most people. The track above the Headlong Spur turnoff is not nice in places. A couple of slips would be a bit dodgy in wet weather & have caused some parties grief. I've been straight across the slips on the marked route in the dry and the second slip on the way up would deter many. This slip is much easier to cross higher up or to go completely over the top of. Besides the slips, sections of the track are choked with hook grass, cutty grass, fern species, flaxes & wispy scrub which make you look forward to boulder hopping sections where you can see where you are putting your feet. Moonbeam Torrent can be dangerous to ford after heavy rain!

County Hut • By Andrew Barker. Licence: C.
Key information
Owner: DOC
Standard Hut
Sleeps 6
Toilet, Open fireplace
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
1/Up valley from the Waitaha roadend or Kiwi Flat hut. Allow a day from the road. (was 7hrs last trip including stops)

2/Down valley from Top Waitaha or County huts. It is a long day from Top Waitaha hut and half a day from County hut.

3/Down from the tops via Clearview Spur.

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 7795

About this hut

Added 23 March 2012 by glennjglennj. 1 revision 23 March 2012 by glennjglennj.
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