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Cold Stream Hut
27 June 201927 June
Cold Stream Hut
DoC have put in place 2 rat bait traps and replaced the mattress covers. They are planning to do some track cutting in the summer of 2019.
Edwards River, Lake Guyon, Fowler Pass circuit
Great circuit with plenty of variation in terrain and vegetation. There are lots of alternatives too e.g. Charlies Saddle/the Racecourse/Stanley Stream and also a low saddle route north over from Stanley Stream to Sandy Stream that leads to the 4WD road east of Maling Pass.
Kahutara Bivvy
5 May 20195 May
Recut the track that goes from the spur on a slightly downhill direction to the biv. In the 3 years since we were first there the scrub around the hut had grown phenomenally so we went back and restored the original clearing in May 2019. The door is rotten so Frank has taken measurements so a new door can be constructed and dropped in there somehow.
Kahutara Biv route
2 May 20192 May
Kahutara Biv route
We went back a third time to open up the clearing around the hut as it was diminishing with scrub. We also opened up the short bit of track down to the helicopter clearing (dog kennel clearing). I've notified DoC about the rotten door on the biv and provided them with the measurements for replacement. We'd like to further clarify the route down the final spur to the sidle track that takes you to the biv.
Mansion Hut
21 July 201821 July 2018
Mansion Hut
Stopped in for lunch. Needs toilet. Dark little hut but no doubt a welcome refuge.
Cromel Branch Hut
20 July 201820 July 2018
Cromel Branch Hut
Another smoky fireplace. Southland needs to come to Canterbury to learn how to fix this. These huts need vents in the floor at the fireplace and a bigger throat plus a cowl at the outlet.
Irthing Hut (Irthing Biv)
19 July 201819 July 2018
Irthing Hut (Irthing Biv)
Fireplace smokes like a b.....d. Not much fun in July, having to keep the door and window open. Mind you the door has a massive gap which I stuffed with a towel I found there.
Mt Bee Hut Complex
18 July 201818 July 2018
Great wee pot belly stove in kitchen. Scrub around hut provides fuel.
Poulter Hut
3 June 20183 June 2018
Poulter Hut
Still in its spot waiting for a shift. Very cosy hut with lots of available firewood due to a big tree coming down. Currently there is an axe in the woodshed and a saw.
Caroline Creek Bivvy
8 April 20188 April 2018
Caroline Creek Bivvy
Visited by DoC personnel in April, 2018. Broken door padlock noted by me in hut book soon after. I suspect DoC would like to make this asset disappear before long i.e. it will become derelict through intentional neglect.
Waiau Hut
7 April 20187 April 2018
Waiau Hut
Well insulated. Plenty of firewood at the moment with the surrounding bush having been trimmed back. Upstream there is a flood track on the true right if you're going to Caroline Stream biv. This track entrance is poorly marked at both ends. Look for orange cruise tape.
Upper Nina Biv
17 March 201817 March 2018
Upper Nina Biv
Someone (bless them) is going to be renovating this hut. They have cleared a large area of adjacent bush as part of the preparations.
Mt Curtis Hut
7 October 20177 October 2017
I haven't been there but these notes are from Permolat courtesy of Simon Lewis: The new (2012) Mt Curtis hut is superb, nice design, warm and well ventilated. We had heard that the current farmer at Dee Ck did not grant access so we sidled bush terraces south of Dee Ck and intercepted the unmapped but well marked track just upstream from the Dee Ck forks so staying clear of open country. The track up to Mt Curtis Hut is in great condition. We made the hut just before the heavens opened and by dawn it was fine and clear again. Mauricio was keen to check out the small hut northeast of Boundary Peak so we headed off over Mt Curtis and along the ridge to Boundary Peak. It is all easy quick travel and the 2km bush section is relatively open and easy. Midway along this section we happened upon a single orange plastic marker (not a DOC triangle) which seemed a little odd. There was a mob of chamois on Boundary and quite a lot of pig sign. The small 2 bunk hut northeast of Boundary Peak at the bush edge was a bit of a disappointment. The two door bolts were rusted closed and the door was hard to get open. The hut was damp and very mouldy inside. There are a couple of mattresses and pillows, quite a bit of old food and the hut note book recorded very few visitors since 1987, the most recent being in 2014, although some visitors sound like pretty interesting characters judging by the hut book prose. There is a water tank but it was either empty or the tap was blocked as it didn't yield anything. We both agreed that we would rather bivvy out in dry conditions or prefer a tent in wet conditions rather than stay in this one. After a quick lunch stop we bashed down the ridge toward the saddle between De Filippi Ck and Mountain Maid Ck then over .770 metres and down the edge of the limestone escarpment west of Arnolds Ck then down the pylon service track to the Buller where we had stashed a bike for the ride back to Inangahua. On the descent from Boundary Peak we found frequent orange markers indicating an old route downhill. There were very few markers indicating the uphill line. These markers are old, brittle, sometimes faded almost to white and most of them were obscured by mosses or grown into the tree. It provided some interest on the descent as we set about trying to locate the marked line and clear the moss from the markers. At times the marked line coincides with a rough ground trail, generally when the ridge is well defined, but just as often the marked route is discontinuous and heavily overgrown. Markers are sometimes close enough that the line can be easily seen but frequently they are too far apart to be of much use. There are animal trails that provide better travel away from the marked route so we eventually stopped seeking markers and just bashed on down although we did keep seeing markers from time to time. Plenty of bellbirds around, heard a few kakariki, a couple of falcons, a few weka but no kea or kaka. Robins were fairly common. Looking very out of its element was a solitary chamois buck in lowland bush just a few minutes from the Buller Gorge Road. >From Inangahua to Mt Curtis Hut took about 5 hours although access up Dee Ck would have saved 30 mins or so. Curtis Hut to Boundary Hut was about 3-4 hours and it took around 4 hours to descend to the Buller Road although we would have been quicker if we hadn't gone looking for markers. The bush is mostly reasonable going, no monkey scrub, just a few dense bits and a moderate amount of windfall. A traverse south from Curtis to Wheel Ck and beyond would be a great tops trip in good weather. Thanks to Paul Kilgour for route information provided to Mauricio.
Holdsworth Trail
18 February 201718 February 2017
Hmm...we might have to update the condition of these tracks. They got a bit cooked the other day. The Sign of the Bellbird escaped the fire (this time).
South Opuha Hut
3 January 20173 January 2017
South Opuha Hut
We must be the only people to visit but not stay!
Nicholsons hut
28 December 201628 December 2016
Nicholsons hut
No fire but some firewood under the bunk. Has a great library including a book written by a 9 year old lass in Victorian times.
Okuti Track
19 November 201619 November 2016
Okuti Track
Very easy route to approach for a climb of French Hill. Would be great for mountain biking too as the track is even. Not much native bush after the initial section. There is a walking track that starts a few metres into the road that this track begins on. It looks steep. The track is closed for lambing for a ridiculously long period. The lambs get to be way past the mis-mothering period by the time the track is reopened to the public.
Te Oka Reserve Track
4 November 20164 November 2016
Lovely in a summer's day. Quite a pastoral route. Hopefully a link will be established from Te Oka valley sometime. Both these bays are also accessible by car and popular with surfers.
Stan Helms Track
13 September 201613 September 2016
Miners lettuce grows profusely at upper end. This track was rerouted onto a spur to avoid valley travel after a fatality during the February 22 earthquake in 2011. On the other side of the pipeline if you travel further up the valley is a track that links with halfway up the Lyttelton side of the Bridle Path. I believe these embellishments were created by volunteers.
Benmore Hut
21 May 201621 May 2016
Benmore Hut
The woodstove is superb. Great job, Malvern DA.
John Hayward Memorial Hut
14 May 201614 May 2016
John Hayward Memorial Hut
Good idea to bring your own saw as the ones there are a bit blunt. The axe is only fit for tenderising the wood.
Mt Torlesse
14 May 201614 May 2016
Mt Torlesse
Cookies Hut
12 March 201612 March 2016
Cookies Hut
Woodstove looks grand. We'll be back at a cooler time of year to stay here. The artwork on the door is impressive. At Waitangi weekend in 2017 a couple of families walked to the hut via the North Ashburton from Comyn's Hut.
Hunts Creek Hut
7 February 20167 February 2016
Hunts Creek Hut
The new woodstove (it is too small to burn logs!) doesn't chuck out much heat. I experimented with a candle and shifting damper controls and it made no difference to the candle flame, no matter what I did.
Mt Turiwhate track
1 January 20161 January 2016
Mt Turiwhate track
Great views but surprisingly time-consuming trip. I guess it's all the ups and downs along the summit ridge. Superb effort in the track cutting, thanks Glenn.
Black Birch Track (Ferny Gair Cons. Area, Marlborough)
Well, it's all very well calling for volunteers to create a link track but if the main track in the Black Birch valley is only intended for use by mountain bikers and hunters, this is not on. DoC needs to update their website that erroneously states there is no public access to the area and permission is required from the landowners.
Te Ara Pātaka
1 August 20151 August 2015
Te Ara Pātaka
The back track behind Mt Bradley is now open and apparently DoC have cleared the gorse a bit along the track. The track through Montgomery Reserve has been worked on and an attractive series of steps been constructed. Previously it was extremely slippery as you came down to the road.
Packhorse Hut
19 July 201519 July 2015
Packhorse Hut
The hut is now open to the public again. Work is still not complete but the ceilings have been relined, a window installed in the now merged bunkroom and the chimney has been repaired. Plenty of firewood there at the moment. The DoC website states the hut is closed till July 31 but a sign down by the carpark states the 17th of July and someone has already stayed there.
Bob's Camp Bivvy
5 July 20155 July 2015
Bob's Camp Bivvy
Track has been cut and waratahs installed in the tussock going down to the biv in March, 2015. Thanks, Jim of DoC! Jim and co. planned to come back in the summer of 2015 and paint the biv but haven't. The paint is already there but it would be a waste of their skills to do the job. Maybe someone can contact DoC and offer to do the prep and painting themselves with funding from the Outdoor Recreational Consortium (via the FMC). Not us as we'll be doing Salmon Creek this summer I hope.
Turnbull Bivvy
9 January 20159 January 2015
Turnbull Bivvy
The stream 200m to the SW is in no danger of drying out. Unfortunately this wee biv gets a few visits from tossers now and again. It's good to brush the beech leaves off the roof to reduce rust. Especially between the chimney and the hut itself.
Monument Hut, Banks Peninsula
5 December 20145 December 2014
Monument Hut, Banks Peninsula
Sadly Colin Faulkner passed away recently so Ben's on his own. It would be worse than losing a spouse. I told Ben that teenagers had written stuff in the book implying the hut was haunted. He thought that was very amusing!
Mackenzie Hut
24 November 201424 November 2014
Some ?20 years ago, David Henson and a group of other volunteers from the CTC and the Pegasus Tramping Club organised with DoC to lift this hut up and place higher piles under it as it was (and still is) threatened by flooding from the adjacent MacKenzie Stream. Reports since then have mentioned in the hutbook river levels up to the second step. People store wood under the hut which contributes to dampness through two ways; firstly it reduces the ventilation under the hut and secondly, the wood becomes damp in flooding and holds moisture under the hut. This is evident in the unpleasant but faint stench emanating from the cupboard within the hut. DoC went in in Oct, 2014 and felled a tree to the north, enabling more light and warmth. Thanks, DoC. Alas, a massive and beautiful silver beech to the west also needs to be felled. It's only a matter of time until it drops that branch or itself over the hut - as they do.
Camp Stream Hut
11 November 201411 November 2014
Camp Stream Hut
Cosy but draughty in a nor-wester. The range smokes a bit at the start but settles down. Choose seasoned and non-resinous wood to reduce smoke. Quite a few utensils and knick-knacks still in the hut.
Royal Hut
10 November 201410 November 2014
Tidy and spacious but a bit miserable without firewood.
Kahutara Biv route
1 November 20141 November 2014
Kahutara Biv route
Hi Tom. Thanks for the great route guide. It was very helpful in avoiding the scrub. I've added a jpg. showing the routes we took in and out and a gpx.file of our route out. The biv was very tidy too. A great wee spot with plenty of goats and the odd pig rooting.
Camerons Hut (Lake Sumner)
27 October 201427 October 2014
Camerons Hut (Lake Sumner)
No bloody mattresses. Thanks DoC (Not). Roof has a few wee small nail holes. It doesn't seem to leak too much though.
No. 3 Hut / Number Three Hut
26 October 201426 October 2014
No. 3 Hut / Number Three Hut
The wood lining and small windows means the hut is pretty cosy when the fire's going.
Harper Pass Biv
26 October 201426 October 2014
Harper Pass Biv
The fireplace outside is no longer there. There's a good platform where the newer NZFS A-Frame hut that DoC removed used to be. This would be ideal to pitch tents on if need be.
Mt Oxford
21 September 201421 September 2014
Mt Oxford
Thin layer of snow. Lots of friendly folks en route.
Crow Hut (Arthur's Pass)
7 September 20147 September 2014
Crow Hut (Arthur's Pass)
Curiously, the river emerges just by the hut. Coincidence or what? The hut is on the only decent flat so lucky that was where the river emerged.
Boyle Village - Mt Faust - Boyle Hut
31 August 201431 August 2014
Boyle Village - Mt Faust - Boyle Hut
If you do this in reverse, you have the advantage of a well-marked track at the end of the day (if you're running out of daylight). Also by starting the traverse of Faust at the Boyle Hut end, you do 200m less height gain. Of course some people might prefer to do more height gain and less descent. If you do the traverse on the second day, your pack will also be lighter because you will have eaten a whole day's worth of food already. There is the very occasional white marker, some with a red reflective add-on on the way down to Boyle Hut from the summit of Faust between the bushline and where the DoC markers start. Not sure why they didn't finish the job. A couple of friends of mine thought they'd lost the track and ended up descending off-track (bush-bashing) through open forest down to Boyle Hut in the dark at the end of the day.
Boyle Flats Hut
30 August 201430 August 2014
Boyle Flats Hut
Very good wood burner and plenty of dead standing stuff around the hut. The window seats are a nice touch. The bunks have narrow mattresses but I don't think that's gonna be a problem for the clientele that come here. It is possible to get to the hut in less than 3 hrs. Just sayin'.
Hinewai Reserve
23 August 201423 August 2014
Giant trees e.g. unrecognisably large lancewoods. One of the few places you can go on Banks Peninsula when the rest of it is 'closed for lambing'.
Pinchgut Hut via Mt Thomas, Bobs Camp Biv
6 August 20146 August 2014
Pinchgut Hut via Mt Thomas, Bobs Camp Biv
There is water available at the Bob's Biv campsite. DoC have been in and cleared the tracks currently. Met up with an old friend today - Margaret Clark, who is 77 years old. She was walking out from doing a crossover from Wooded Gully to the Taafes Glen roadend at the Okuku, via Pinchgut Hut as a day trip. She got to her shuttle bunny, Jim, at 5.45pm.
Mount Guy
27 July 201427 July 2014
Mount Guy
Superb views from the top. We climbed it via a sunny spur to the south of the stream which cleaves the eastern face. To get there we drove in via the 4WD track that goes to Puddle Hill Stream and parked where the gate is locked. If going this way, make sure to keep on the true left edge of the spur to avoid a nasty patch of high tussock boobytrapped with spaniards and matagouri.
Magdalen Hut
5 July 20145 July 2014
Magdalen Hut
No sandflies in freezing July. We managed to boulderhop across Magdalen Stream and keep our boots dry. Dave T-V has been up this stream and done a traverse of St Mary, down to Jervois Hut.
Tautuku Hut
27 May 201427 May 2014
Visited by hunters, hut-baggers, Duke of Ed students and surprisingly also favoured by a hardcore elite from the OUTC. Skyline garage type Hut lined with wooden walls and lined roof. Reasonably tidy within and well-stocked with kitchen regalia and other useful objects.
Hump Ridge Track
25 May 201425 May 2014
Hump Ridge Track
Great variety of terrain and vegetation. Good choice for shoulder season tramping but as stated, Okaka Hut has no heating when doing it off-season. However the bunkrooms are well-insulated so body heat makes a difference. Probably warmer if a big group does it then. It has solar lighting in the kitchen and bunkrooms. Unfortunately we didn't go up to the limestone tors and tarns as it was clagged in but typically it cleared a couple of hours after we'd left. Got great views from Luncheon Rock. There are 2 lunch shelters so a reasonable trip to do in the rain. Port Craig hut is well-equipped and has a good woodstove. The mice were away when we stayed there. Currently the Percy Burn viaduct is closed but DoC have created a track that drops down into the burn and up again to rejoin the tramway. Quite nice to be down in the burn and look up through the canopy. A side trip can be done down the burn to the beach, and along a bit north to see a NZ furseal colony then take a wee hunter's track back to the tramway.
Hump Ridge Track
23 May 201423 May 2014
Hump Ridge Track
Okaka Hut has a lovely fireplace but alas, not in the off-season. The whole place is unheated in the off-season. There is usually no warden in the off-season either. Some people have done it in January and February and there was heating then when they did it but these months are not the off-season. The off-season starts in April. The website states there is no heating in the bunkrooms and no electricity or gas available in the kitchen, only solar lighting.
Benmore Track
3 May 20143 May 2014
Benmore Track
A new stove has been installed in the hut. That track west of the hut does indeed go up to the bushline. And the track south of the hut goes down to the head of a tributary of the North Selwyn. It is an attractive wee place. It is possible to do a daywalk loop up onto the Benmore Range, beginning on the West track and ending on the South track.
Salmon Creek Lower Bivvy
20 April 201420 April 2014
Salmon Creek Lower Bivvy
Frank and I cut and remarked the track down to the biv in 2000 and have walked through, clearing windfall once or twice a year since. Eventually DoC came to the party and took over track work, ripping out Frank's well-positioned permolat red/white markers and replacing them with orange triangles in a sparse fashion. They haven't done any work since. Currently, the track is followable and there's only a 10 minutes section left that needs further snipping.
Bealey Spur
1 April 20141 April 2014
Bealey Spur
Hut was relocated in 2013, a few metres east and refurbished e.g. replaced rotten beech pole framing. It is possible to continue along the ridge and then drop down to the confluence of Jordan Stream/Waimak R (Birch Nook). There is a way down via a scree into Little Jordan Stream though I haven't done it yet. In low flows one can descend from further along the range between 1545 and 1581 to Power Stream for a gorge bash. Yet to do this too, maybe some lovely hot March day. There is also the obvious loop involving Jordan Saddle and Jordan Stream. We did a 2 day trip camping out at the wee tarn at the SW face in the head of Junction Stream and then descended Bruce Stream until we encountered an impassible waterfall at NZMG E2392968, N5793793. We bypassed this on the true right which was an absolute bitch for regen. Maybe try the true left next time! Gorgeous weekend anyway.
Griffin Creek - Rocky Creek
15 March 201415 March 2014
Griffin Creek - Rocky Creek
We went in from the Harrington Ck end as far as the first bypass track heading towards the Rocky/Griffin Saddle. Greg Ross did extensive clearing, marking and sign posting of this section of track in March 2012 and we tidied it up and marked the entrances some more to make it even more obvious. It sounds as though more work is needed on the way to the saddle although Merv Meredith did a bit of work at the top end of the Griffin side of the saddle in March, 2014 until his loppers broke! Frank and I completely cut the track from the saddle down the Rocky Creek side to Rocky Hut over 3 weekends. We have created a 2 person campsite at the final junction (Toitoi Junction) when going upstream to the saddle from Rocky Hut. The rest of the track is not too bad. As Matthew says, there are several bypass tracks avoiding travel in Rocky Ck. These are quicker than the river travel. It took us 2 and a half hours to get from the hut to the car last time we did this trip, using these bypass tracks. They need some clearing and more obvious marking though Eigill did some work on them in 2013, I think. Thanks to all for your contributions to keeping the tracks clear and obvious.
Sudden Valley
9 March 20149 March 2014
Sudden Valley
The afore-mentioned Devil's Chute is no longer used. It has been superseded by a shingle chute just before where it was. So there is no need for a rope as the shingle climb is a doddle. Currently the tracks are in good nick. I came down and only needed to cross the stream four times as I was able to boulder hop with it's being autumnal flows.
Sudden Valley Biv
9 March 20149 March 2014
Sudden Valley Biv
Not really an alert, but a request for people using the hut to air it and wipe down round the window frames and door before leaving. This would need to include the window gutters (on the inside) as well. If you have any spare toilet paper, this is good for the job. There is a massive fireplace full of ash right outside the hut. Makes things very cosy as it is about a metre high.
Rocky Creek / Griffin Creek
1 February 20141 February 2014
Rocky Creek / Griffin Creek
People have been going astray at the final junction upstream of Rocky Hut so Frank and I went in and recut that junction and put up permolats, cruise tape and replaced the cairn that had been washed away. The track is now marked from upstream of the slip to the saddle. DoC have removed the hutbook that had the cool route guide in the front and replaced it. We noticed Eigill's work with the white tin lids and other track clearing he'd done. A bit naughty to create a new track bypassing the open slumped area we'd previously cut so we cleared this again and removed his track markers. However his reinstatements of the original NZFS bypass tracks are an improvement on the river bed. We had been all set to do this ourselves when we had to leave off to rescue Ranger Biv from DoC's and Poma Palmer in particular's plan to remove it a few years ago. Saw heaps of goats way up Rocky Creek. They're doing their little bit to keep things trimmed. Very tame - they settled down again after they saw us. Could have had rogan josh for dinner several times over. We saw blue ducks twice, the second time 2 nearly fledged ducklings with mum and dad. One time we saw a blue duck 10 minutes upriver from the Taipo bridge.
Maitland Hut (Ruataniwha)
1 January 20141 January 2014
Maitland Hut (Ruataniwha)
Hi Madpom. Curious how a height gain of 750 metres on untracked terrain with a distance 5 km longer takes less time than a height gain of 600 metres on a gradually rising 4WD track with 5 km less distance. DoC says the farm track takes 4 hours to get to the hut. I've sent the cocky an email asking for permission to use the 4WD track.
Dry Acheron Track
7 December 20137 December 2013
Dry Acheron Track
That scree-filled gully/slip looks like a pleasant and fast descent route. It even has a little stream amid herbaceous ambience. One would rejoin the easement to the covenanted area at the bottom.
Dry Acheron Track
6 December 20136 December 2013
Dry Acheron Track
Wow! Great paddock. Maybe they should put some dairy cows on there with an irrigator.
Comyns Hut
17 November 201317 November 2013
Comyns Hut
Be cold in the winter as it's draughty. Not a lot of wood to burn so the fireplace will only keep you warm for so long...Part of Te Araroa. A bit upstream is the A-frame hut which also has no heating but is more insulated.
Isolation Hut
28 October 201328 October 2013
Isolation Hut
Stove awesome. Louvred window doesn't close properly.
Binser Saddle
5 October 20135 October 2013
Has water and soft flat ground. Some shelter at eastern end but some bits boggy. We camped on the track itself and there's room for a couple more tents there. One across the stream.
Mt Somers Track (South Face)
15 September 201315 September 2013
Mt Somers Track (South Face)
It would be a bit gloomy in winter. People have been known to stay at the Acland shelter. This track can be used for all sorts of loop trips e.g. access to the summit of Mt Somers via the western end of the track and down the south face of Mt Somers (summit track) and back on to this track.
Mingha Biv
27 July 201327 July 2013
Mingha Biv
Let's not remind the buggiz.
Goat Pass Hut
27 July 201327 July 2013
Goat Pass Hut
Such a shame that the pot belly was removed. But on the other hand, it was being fuelled with coal.
Popes Pass
11 April 201311 April 2013
Popes Pass
Is 'Alpine' our Canadian-based correspondent?
Tarn Hut, Lilburne Hill
11 March 201311 March 2013
The cocky locked the gate at the road recently but now it is unlocked again and folks can drive to the road end. Thanks, DoC. That horrible steep bony track up Tent Gully is now getting overgrown from lack of use. Much nicer to go down the obvious spur southeast of the hut for something different.
Koropuku Hut
9 February 20139 February 2013
Koropuku Hut
We've completed cutting and marking the track in the Koropuku valley that leads to the hut from the access gully.
Patutu
12 January 201312 January 2013
One time we camped at a saddle near a stream and went over Patutu and climbed Mt Batty. If you thought Patutu was a bit grovelly, well, check out the way to Mt Batty. Very steep and loose scoria-type footing. Then we went over Balance Rock to Jacob's Ladder and then back to the start of the track. On the way there were plenty of goats and a few deer on the scrubby ridges.
Top Leatham Hut
30 December 201230 December 2012
Top Leatham Hut
Quite a few wilding pines near the hut up the track a bit in the clearing. It's a good idea to yank a few out if you can.
Double Hut
30 December 201230 December 2012
Double Hut
DoC have kindly felled some poplar trees alongside the hut for firewood. Also plenty of dead matagouri in the Swin. Sir Ed's graffitti is rumoured to be here from when he climbed Mt Taylor.
Anderson's Hut
3 December 20123 December 2012
Well equipped with "hunters'" flotsam and jetsam along with their usual detritis.
Okiwi Bay Half Moon Track
10 November 201210 November 2012
Passes through quite a bit of retired pastoral land. We camped at the Pacific Lookout above the saddle between Black Miller and Morurimu Streams.
Maling Pass, Lake Guyon, Fowler Pass circuit
4 November 20124 November 2012
Maling Pass, Lake Guyon, Fowler Pass circuit
A nice variant to the circuit is to go over a low saddle at the head of the Stanley into the head of Sandy Stream. On the Sandy Stream side water appears not far from the top so it would be possible and attractive to camp up there on the saddle. The route in Sandy Stream is also pleasant. Must do this from Sandy Stream and then over Fowlers sometime with a bike back to the Clarence sometime. I saw a stunning patch of penwiper plants in the head of Sandy Stream where a shingly side stream drains on to the terrace of the stream.
A Frame Hut (Hakatere)
1 October 20121 October 2012
Claustrophobic as the window is opaque. Comyns Hut is my preferred destination and it has an open fire though in winter, you'd be warmer overnight in the A frame hut.
Mt Brown Hut
5 July 20125 July 2012
Mt Brown Hut
That little Cracker stove is...a little cracker! Coal is supplied. Lovely place to come in the snow but quite popular so be prepared for company. The project is a credit to Eddie and Julie and all.
Hogs Back Circuit
3 June 20123 June 2012
Hogs Back Circuit
The MTB track is closed to bikes in the winter so it's a good time to do it as a tramp.
Mystery Lake Track
15 April 201215 April 2012
Mystery Lake Track
Magical spot. The text refers to a track running to the lake from the Potts River. it's newly formed since the last time I was there a couple of years ago and also marked on the Te Araroa map number 106. Can't see any reference to a track on the DoC website FWIW. Mind you, there are new DoC tracks that exist that aren't marked on the map e.g. around the Dogs Range as part of Te Araroa and other developments. Someone who has a bach at Lake Clearwater told me that fishing in the lake is prohibited so the trout there eat all the other fish and grow very big. He called them Jack trout.
Ranger Bivvy
28 December 201128 December 2011
Ranger Bivvy
Been there 12 times. DoC were going to take it out b/c they were told it was derelict. It is in the best condition of any of those bivs from that era in the park. Waterfall biv was derelict, having lost its chimney (though still functional) but it has been removed in the hut/biv pogram. Ranger was spared by my and Frank's efforts.
Redcliffe Stream
18 October 201118 October 2011
This hut has no fireplace, wood box or any form of heating. Thanks, DoC! It does have a concrete floor though which is a big improvement on the original dirt floor by accounts.
Mount Somers Summit Track
17 May 201017 May 2010
Bull Paddock Creek Hut
23 March 200823 March 2008
Bull Paddock Creek Hut
It's a biv although it's called a hut.
Tin Range
18 April 200618 April 2006
Wow! Definitely gotta check that track from Point 637 to Doughboy out. Thanks for publicising it, Matthew.
Shelter?
18 November 200518 November 2005
Shelter?
Is there a shelter here or is it only a campsite?
Back Basins Hide
17 November 200417 November 2004
Keith Green is planning to rehabilitate this little hut: he writes: I've recently been in discussion with DOC about taking on a community agreement to look after Back Basin Hide off the Avoca valley in Canterbury. I'm in the process of applying to the Rec Consortium for funding and hope to get in there to do some preliminary work in Feb/March. It's the first hut I've looked at restoring so if anyone with experience wants to get involved please get in touch. It's an interesting little hut in that it was built to monitor chamois numbers & assess their environmental impact and was the first place in NZ to use radio collars to monitor their movements. The radio mast and some of the equipment is still in situ. The hut book from 1983 is still there with only a few pages used so clearly doesn't get much use. If anyone knows anything more about its history, I would be interested to hear from you.
Tin Range
12 May 200412 May 2004
There's shelter by a tarn 400m south of Mt Allen and one can also camp 1.7km north-east of Mt Allan where the track drops down to a stream junction in the scrub. Otherwise shelter/campsites are not so good.
Rockburn Hut
5 January 20015 January 2001
Rockburn Hut
We stayed here in preference to camping outside in the rain unlike others. We were entertained by a mouse doing a traverse of the fireplace surround. Very pleasant evening but the hut does (did) resemble a bunker. I'm sure it won't be replaced. Oops, the 2/4 rating was meant to be for the hut, not the photo - sorry!
Candlesticks Bivvy
23 March 199923 March 1999
Candlesticks Bivvy
Dog box style biv. One bunk with a sacking frame, one billy, some reading material and an intentions book. And then, there was an open fire. We came over from the North Esk via Mt Turnbull (a long 12 hour day)and returned via a low saddle at the head of Bull Creek.
Sawcut Gorge to Zoo Hut
7 March 19997 March 1999
Sawcut Gorge to Zoo Hut
In those days, the track was barely marked and we only stumbled upon it by chance. It was called the zoo because the NZFS built the fences and then herded the noxious animals in and shot them in the big pen.
Glaisnock Hut
15 December 199615 December 1996
Glaisnock Hut
I stayed in this hut for a week in bad weather with another woman and a party of 10 hunters. They were good company and fed us well. I went back later on that year with my mate, Janet Macnab on our way to the head of the Wild Natives River.
Teal Bay Hut
24 December 199524 December 1995
Teal Bay Hut
Had a splendid xmas day dinner there with great company before we tackled a traverse of the Princess Range.
Koropuku Hut
5 August 19955 August 1995
Koropuku Hut
Er, 20 times actually.
Kelly Range
1 November 19931 November 1993
Kelly Range
First time I did the route to 7 Mile was in the clag with no ground trail or markers. We got there using compass bearings. Luckily the tarns on the top were good features not to miss. Been back since in the clag and managed to go from marker pole to marker pole! Alan Jemison has trimmed a bit of a route down from the Kelly Range to Hunts Creek. I haven't done it yet but I understand there will be cairns to lead you to the start of the scrub. I checked out the other end and Frank and I did a wee bit of trimming to encourage folks to use Alan's route. It looks as though it is getting enough use to form a ground trail. Be good to take marker (cruise) tape and some secateurs or whaddeva to help keep it open as Alan has not been back to maintain his track.
Ararat mount 5137 m
1 September 19881 September 1988
Haven't climbed it but seen it in the distance when we hitched around the east of Turkey. We did climb Nemrut dagi (Mt Nimrod) though after staying the night in a Kurdish village by invitation. They gave us walnuts and dehydrated grape leather to snack on as we had no food for the climb. Cok lezzetliydi.