Forbes Hut (Hunter)

Hāwea Conservation Park

Forbes Hut is a typical 4 (6?) bunk forestry hut in the Hunter. The hut sits on the last of the broad, grassy river flats before The Forks above which both the East and West Hunter become narrow and gorged and flats become intermittent.

Valleysides are stock-standard Otago beech forest - open and good travel. The hut has an airstrip and gets a good amount of use by fly-in-fly-out hunters, especially during the roar. Otherwise the Hunter gets little use due to access difficulties (see below). However the good valley travel surrounding ranges and numerous passes make for some excellent and challenging trips.

Upriver huts shown on some maps have been removed. Downriver Fergusson Hut is DOC and Scrubby Hut is private but generally available.

Forbes Hut (Hunter) • By madpom. Licence: cc by.
Key information
Owner: DOC
Standard Hut
Sleeps 4
Toilet, Gas/electric cooking
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Up the valley from Lake Hawea is a long (2 day) trip up 4wd tracks. Permission may be required off Lake Hawea Stn (west shore) or Dingleburn Stn (east shore). More common is to enter the valley from neighbouring catchments:

Wills: Wilson Pass (easy)

Wills: Wills Pass (mod)

Makarora: Makarora-Scrubby Flat saddle (easy)

Cameron: Lake Crk (Easy)

Landsborough: Studholme (mod-hard)

Ahuriri: Little Canyon Crk (hard)

Huxley: Sth Huxley - Forbes pass (hard)

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 7830

About this hut

Added 9 April 2012 by madpommadpom. 2 revisions, most recently 9 February 2014 by matthewmatthew.
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