Big Bay Hut

Fiordland National Park

Big Bay Hut (9 bunk, stove, limited firewood, tank water) is a house just above the beach in the remote Big Bay community of southern Westland.

This marks the seaward end of the tough Pyke River route and is an fantastic spot to reach after 2-3 days of wading through lakes, rivers and marshes from Alabaster Hut via Olivine. Don't breathe a sigh of relief just yet though, the 12km along the coast to Martin's Bay is boulder hopping most of the way (whilst in all probability being chased by seals with serious anger management and dental cleanliness issues).

Moir's Guide details a multiple day route along the coastline from here to Jackson's Bay. Don't be fooled by old maps showing tracks up the Upper Pyke to Jackson's. These have long-since overgrown and are identifiable only by the thicker density of scrub where the track once ran.

For those heading into the Pyke, the track behind the hut leads to a swingbridge accross the river.

Three Mile Beach at Big Bay • By Yarmoss.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Standard Hut
Sleeps
Sleeps 9
9
Facilities
Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Hollyford Roadend: -> Martins Bay Hut (12km, 4-8 hours) -> Hokuri (13km) -> Demon Trail (+9km) -> Alabaster (10km) -> Hidden Falls Hut (+9km) -> roadend (+8km)

Hollyford Roadend (via Pyke): -> Pyke Crossing (12km, track) -> Olivine Hut (+18km, route, multiple river crossings) -> Alabaster Hut (+14km, route) -> roadend (+17km, track)

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
5m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BZ09
Map
ID 943

About this hut

Added 25 September 2005 by matthewmatthew. 1 revision 12 May 2009 by madpommadpom.
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