Hurunui Hut

Lake Sumner Conservation Park

Large tramping hut on river terrace above the Hurunui valley. The hut is near the roadend, and as such convenient for those arriving in the evening for an early morning start. The pack-horse track from the roadend is well marked and easy to follow at night.

Note that the nearby No. 2 Hut no longer exists

The track over Harper Pass to Otira on the Arthur's Pass road is well maintained on the Lake Sumner side of the pass, with many huts along the way: No. 3 hut, Camerons Hut (basic), Harper Biv (basic), No. 4 Hut (the 1st hut in the Taramakau). Beyond No. 4 hut the pack-horse track becomes a valley-floor route, with several river crossings which are difficult after rain. Kiwi Hut lies half-way between No. 4 Hut and Otira, but is on the opposite side of the Taramakau river to the route, and not accessible after high rainfall.

Hurunui river valley flats • By madpom.
Key information
Owner: DOC
Standard Hut
Sleeps 15
Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Lake Sumner roadend / Kiwi packtrack swingbridge (L32 373332): 2km (30-45 mins)

Hope-Kiwi lodge: 17km (4-8 hrs). Cut track. NB no bridge over Three mile Stream - crossing may not be possible at high river levels)

No. 3 Hut: (2.5-4 hrs) 9km. River flats / good cut sidle track.

This hut is unlocked and open to access.
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
ID 864

About this hut

Added 25 September 2005 by matthewmatthew. 4 revisions, most recently 29 October 2014 by HonoraHonora.
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