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A Frame
A Frame

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: May 2010
Where: Ruahine Forest Park
Description: DOC (4)
Access: From car park at end of Tamaki West Road, 2 hours - uphill all the way!
Comments: Looks better than it really is - all this hut has is a bare sleeping platform, an inside sink bench, and an outside water tank at the back. Everything else has been removed (including the toilet), so if you intend to stay the night, take a thermarest. The walk to the hut is great, though, with awesome views, and it makes a good stopover for lunch, or as part of a loop walk to or from Stanfield or Cattle Creek huts. Still worth a visit!
DOC: A Frame Hut & Takapari Road Track
The track starts 100 m past the toilets, turns uphill and climbs steeply through podocarp then leatherwood forest to Takapari Road. Turn right at the top and follow an old bulldozed road for 100 m to reach the A Frame Hut. Due to constant vandalism, A-Frame Hut is not maintained and all facilities have been removed.

Ada Pass
Ada Pass

From: Steve Hudson
Date: June 2011
Where: St James Conservation Area.
Description: DOC (16) , Serviced
Access: 4-4.5 hrs from top of Lewis Pass. 4 hrs from Christopher Hut.
Comments: A cosy hut well stocked with coal for those cold winter nights. Excellent outlook over the Spencer Mountains and located below one of the easiest crossings of the Southern Alps.
DOC: Ada Pass Hut

Adventure Bivvy
Adventure Bivvy

From: Steve Hudson
Date: August 2012
Where: Toaroha Range, Westland.
Description: DOC 2 , Basic.
Access: 2-3 hrs from Cedar Flats Hut via Adventure Ridge.
Comments: A good lunch spot on the way to Zit Saddle and beyond into the Kokatahi River. A hard route so be prepared for a long day. Small water tank. Track well marked.
DOC: Adventure Bivvy

Alpha
Alpha

Date: 15 April 1995
Where: below Alpha, Tararua Forest Park
Description: TTC (16)
Access: 6 hours from the Kaitoke road end, 4-5 hours to Kime Hut.
Comments: The first Alpha Hut was built in 1915, the 2nd replaced it in 1953 ( it was 6 yards inside the new water catchment area) and the 3rd in 1982 (hut 2 burned). Two sleeping platforms, tank water (outside). A cosy hut with a nice view of Mt. Hector. It was upgraded in early 1996 - essentially making this the fourth hut on Alpha.
DOC: Alpha Hut

Anchorage
Anchorage

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 2 February 1999
Where: The Anchorage, a bay on the Abel Tasman coastline.
Description: DOC (26)
Access: 3 to 4 easy hours hiking from the Marahau road end. 3-4 hours to Bark Bay Hut.
Comments: A Great Walk hut (needs a dated ticket brought in advance) with no gas stoves. Two sleeping platforms in each of two rooms to either side of the central living/cooking room.
DOC: Anchorage Hut
Huts on the Abel Tasman Coast Track don't have gas cooking facilities and lighting. Remember to take a portable stove and fuel, and candles with you.

Anderson Memorial
Anderson Memorial

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 30 March 1997
Where: Between Junction Knob and Kahiwiroa, Tararua Forest Park
Description: DOC (6)
Access: About 5 hours from Waitewaewae Hut via a steep climb. 4.5 hours from Maungahuka.
Comments: The original hut was first dropped on the site by Oliver Anderson (a pilot) who died a year later flying supplies to the Fiordland deer cullers. Six bunks with mattresses. Nestled in bush but good views 200 metres to the north.
DOC: Anderson Memorial Hut
Anderson Memorial Hut is located between Junction Knob (1375 m) and Kahiwiroa peak (1320 m) and is part of the Main Range hut network. It is nestled in bush, but there are good views about 200 m north of the hut.It was built in 1978, in large part using materials recovered from the dismantled Mid-Otaki Hut. The original hut was built on this site in 1948 by members of the Deer Control Section of Protection Forestry with materials flown in by the Ministry of Works Aerodrome Services. It was the first high-level hut to be air-dropped in New Zealand. It is named after the pilot – Oliver Anderson – who died a year later flying supplies into Fiordland deer cullers.

Angelus
Angelus

From: David Barnes
Date: November 2010
Where: Lake Angelus, Nelson Lakes National Park
Description: DOC (28)
Access: 5-7 hours from the Mt. Robert car park (along the Robert Ridge), about 7 hours from the car park via Speargrass Hut, 6 hours up steeply from Lakehead Hut, 6 hours from Sabine Hut via Mt Cedric and 5 untracked hours over Sunset Saddle from Hopeless Hut.
Comments: One of the best sited huts in NZ with the blue lake at your feet. Expect lots of people. New hut (2010). Few huts have a view this good from within. Bookings required in summer. See the view from the other side!
DOC: Angelus Hut

Anne
Anne

From: Steve Hudson
Date: June 2011
Where: St James Conservation Area.
Description: DOC (20)
Access: 4-4.5 hrs from Christopher Hut, 6 hrs from Boyle Flats Hut.
Comments: A brand new hut which only opened for use this month (June 2011) after the previous hut burnt down in 2010.The new Hut is located approximately 20 minutes north of the old hut and is located on a open sunny terrace. Separate DOC warden accommodation attached.
DOC: Anne Hut

Aparima
Aparima

From: David Barnes
Date: 4 August 2012
Where: Takitimu Mountains, Southland
Description: DoC (8)
Access: From Dunrobin Rd , 2 hours. From Princhester Rd via Te Araroa, 8 hours. From Wairaki Hut via Te Araroa, 8 hours. From Princhester Rd via Waterloo Burn & Beckett's Hut, 6.5 hours.
Comments: Staging point on Te Araroa Trail. Old 4 bunk hut is adjacent.
DOC: Aparima Hut

Aokaparangi
Aokaparangi

From: Steve Hudson
Date: 12 April 2011
Where: South east side of Aokaparangi Peak, Southern Main Range, Tararua Forest Park.
Description: DOC (2)
Access: 3-4 hrs from Maungahuka Hut, 3-4 hrs from Anderson Memorial Hut, 3 hrs from Mid Waiohine Hut.
Comments: It has two bunks and a cooking bench, with a separate covered verandah.
DOC: Aokaparangi Hut

Arete
Arete

From: Sam Taylor
Date: 24 March 2008
Where: East of Arete peak, Tararua State Forest
Description: DOC (2)
Access: 2 to 3 hours from Te Matawai Hut.
Comments: While this is only a bivouac, it has an important safety role for those traversing the northern Tararuas. Very tidy well built little hut. Is raised off the ground so is not too damp and has water.
DOC: Arete Hut

Arete Forks
Arete Forks

From: Steve and Cathy Hudson
Where: North eastern side of Tararuas beside the Waingawa River (below Arete), Tararua State Forest
Description: DOC (6)
Access: From Cow Creek Hut via the river 2 to 2.5 hours. Via a high sidle track 3 to 4 hours.
Comments: The hut sleeps 6 and possibly could be washed away at some stage in the future if the river gets any closer. A very beautiful part of the Tararuas.
DOC: Arete Forks Hut

Atiwhakatu
Atiwhakatu

From: Ian Fisk
Date: May 2009
Where: Atiwhakatu Stream (under Jumbo), Tararua State Forest
Description: DOC (12)
Access: 3 easy hours from the Mt. Holdsworth road end, 3 hours (down!) from Jumbo Hut.
Comments: Water from the nearby stream. Handy for a head start on a Friday night. Upgraded on May 2009 (a picture of the older hut is here).
Picture courtesy of: Tony Graham
DOC: Atiwhakatu Hut

Awatere
Awatere

From: Neil Richardson
Where: Ruahine State Forest
Description: DOC (3)
Access: 1 hour from Kashmir Road end or 3 to 4 hours from Makaratu Hut.
Comments: Does have some sleeping room on the floor but no place to take a large group. A quaint little hut on the north branch of the Makaratu River.
DOC: Awatere Hut
Built in 1960, the hut is situated in beech forest at an altitude of 600 m.

Asbestos
Asbestos

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: Dec 2008
Where: Kahurangi National Park, topomap M27 Mount Arthur
Description: DOC (4)
Access: From car park on Cobb Dam Road, about 2 hours.
Comments: This hut is not made from asbestos, but was occupied by Henry Chaffey (and his wife), who worked the nearby asbestos mine (now defunct) for many years. The hut has been restored by DOC (great job!) and is a living museum, with information panels on its history, and the people who lived there - fascinating, and very, very interesting. Some original bits of furniture still there, too. Four bunks with foam mattresses, toilet, water from nearby stream, and fireplace. Great as a day tramp, or first overnight stop if doing a multi-day trip in the park.
DOC: Asbestos Cottage
Asbestos Cottage was built by prospectors looking for asbestos in the area. As well as being a relic of early interest in asbestos mining, Asbestos Hut is associated with Annie Fox and Henry Chaffey who lived in the hut for nearly 40 years. From 1914 they lived in this isolated cottage. Escaping an abusive husband, Annie left her two teenage sons in Canterbury and fled with her lover Henry to the mountains of the Cobb Valley. The couple stayed as virtual recluses in the tiny hut for nearly 40 years.

Awaroa
Awaroa

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 3 February 1999
Where: Awaroa Inlet on the Abel Tasman coastline.
Description: DOC (26)
Access: 2 easy hours from Totaranui but the crossing of the inlet must be done within 2 hours either side of low tide. 4 hours from Bark Bay and its hut with another tidal crossing.
Comments: Wonderful setting looking across the inlet. Great Walk hut - book in advance. No gas. Camp site cloe by which also needs booking.
DOC: Awaroa Hut
Huts on the Abel Tasman Coast Track don't have gas cooking facilities and lighting. Remember to take a portable stove and fuel, and candles with you.
DOC: Awaroa campsite

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