Ada Pass Hut

Lewis Pass National Reserve

Ada Pass Hut (sleeps 14 on platform beds, matresses, stove, tank & river water) is a large, comfortable two-room hut on the St James Walkway just west of the Ada Pass. The hut is located just inside mature beech forest next to grassy river flats. The large size of the hut belies the small number of visitors it gets - this area is not as busy as the Nelson Lakes to the north. Though the hut is of 'serviced' category, cooking facilities are not provided. The servicing refers to the provision of coal for the fire.

The walk up the St James Walkway from the Lewis Pass is easy - a walking track rather than a tramping track - though almost entirely through bush. Beyond Ada the track enters grassy flats and views improove.

The hut also provides a base for those wishing to climb to the three-tarns pass - a beautiful spot for a summer dip. This is an alpine route over tussock & scree - but well worth the scramble. It is possible to continue to Bob's Hut 10km beyond.

St James Walkway June 2009 • By Ancient Tramper.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Serviced Hut
Sleeps
Sleeps 20
20
Facilities
Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Lewis Pass Summit (M31 606696): 3-5 hours (11km). Very good cut and platformed track through beech forest, via Cannibal Gorge Hut.

Cannibal Gorge Hut: 1-2hrs (3.5km) platformed, cut walking track.

Christopher's Hut: 11.5km. Cut walking track.

Bob's Hut: 6-12 hrs (13.5km). Alpine route via 3-Tarn Pass. Cut track through beech, starts at cairn on St James Walkway 500m west of Ada Pass Hut (100m west of Billy Goat Gruff Bridge). Tussock/scree route from bushedge.

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
1,000m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BT23
Map
ID 880

About this hut

Added 25 September 2005 by MatthewMatthew. 3 revisions, most recently 18 January 2009 by ledgeledge.
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