Top Waitaha hut

This hut is an NZFS six bunker that was built in 1968. It has no open fire or stove. There is still an NZFS era kerosene cooker there though. Water supply is from the river.

Top Waitaha as the name implies is toward the head of the Waitaha River. It is on the TL of the river in a tussock basin. It's a great setting. It is in easy country compared with the rough river travel further downstream and the tops above it.

Not many trampers get to Top Waitaha but it is worth the effort. There are various tops routes to it that have high points on them of over 2000m which require good weather and a few alpine skills or the up valley ordeal on a route that has long stretches of rough track and boulder hopping.

Top Waitaha hut March 2012 • By glennj. Licence: C.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Basic Hut/Bivvy
Sleeps
Sleeps 6
6
Facilities
None
Water supply
No water
Getting there
Getting there
1/ Up the Waitaha valley from the roadend. (2-3 days)

2/ From Dickie Ridge or the head of the Tuke. Two main routes with variations (2+ days)

3/From the Whitcombe. Two main routes. (2-3+ days)

*See the Top Waitaha hut page on the Permolat site for more detailed route notes.

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
1,059m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BW18
Map
ID 7818

About this hut

Added 5 April 2012 by glennjglennj. 2 revisions, most recently 8 April 2012 by glennjglennj.
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