Top Okarito hut

This was a "squatters" hut (illegal structure) dating from the 1950's that has been used by duck shooters, fishermen & black sand goldminers over the years. DOC were making moves to remove this hut but it is now "legal" & protected for ten years through a Maintain by Community agreement between DOC and Bruce Reay. Bruce leaves the hut unlocked for public use but expects visitors to look after the place, sign the hut book and respect his personal gear in the hut & nearby storage shed.

There is more info on this hut at the Permolat/Remote Huts Westland site.

Top Okarito hut August 2013 • By glennj. Licence: C.
Key information
Owner
Owner: Private . Maintained by Maintain by Community.
Category
Basic Hut/Bivvy
Sleeps
Sleeps 4
4
Facilities
Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
1/ By boat up the Okarito Lagoon from Okarito village. (c. 2hrs paddling)

2/ Walking along the sea beach from Okarito village after crossing the lagoon mouth. This is sometimes blocked by a sand bar enabling keeping dry feet or 4x4 access but usually a boat is required to cross from the old wharf to the north spit (c. 2hrs walk once across the lagoon mouth)

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access

NA

Other
Altitude
2m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BW16
Map
ID 8689

About this hut

Added 13 August 2013 by glennjglennj. 3 revisions, most recently 3 April 2017 by MatthewMatthew.
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