Pages about New Zealand

New Zealand Huts

New Zealand Huts starting with B

Ballard
Ballard

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: November 2006
Where: Kaweka Forest Park, map Terramap "Kaweka & Kaimanawa"
Description: DOC (4)
Access: 5 - 6 hours Middle Hill hut, 3 - 4 hours from Tira Lodge, 4 - 6 hours from Makino hut, and approx. 6 - 7 hours to Makahu Saddle via Dominie Biv. Times very dependent on weather and presence of snow.
Comments: The hut was renovated shortly before our visit, and is very cosy and snug. The woodburner is an absolute delight in cold weather. Bunks with foam mattresses, water and toilet. It's a 200m descent from the main track on the ridge, and the only way out is back up the next morning! Worthwhile, though - beautiful setting near a stream, with grand views.

Balloon
Balloon

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 29 December 1996
Where: Tablelands, Kahurangi National Park
Description: DOC (16)
Access: 2 easy hours from Salisbury Hut, 3 hours over from the Cobb Valley.
Comments: Gas cooker and heater. Great views of the Arthur Range and over the headwaters of the Leslie River (from Balloon Hill). First hut constructed in 1909, another hut built next door in 1963 and the current hut replacing them in Feb. 1995.

Bark Bay
Bark

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 3 February 1999
Where: Bark Bay on the Abel Tasman coastline.
Description: DOC (28)
Access: 3.5 hours from The Anchorage and Anchorage Hut. 4 hours from Awaroa Hut. Easy hiking in both directions.
Comments: An impressive hut with a large living/cooking area and 2 sleeping rooms. A few metres from the beach (which vanishes at high tide) and the lagoon behind a long sand spit.

Barlow
Barlow

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: January 2008
Where: Ruahine Forest Park, topomaps 260-U22 Ongaonga and U21 Kereru
Description: DOC (10)
Access: From carpark at end of Wakarara road, approx 3 hours up Makaroro river, situated on true right bank.
Comments: Nice, cosy Lockwood-style hut built from tongue & groove pine on true right bank. Sleeping platforms with mattresses. Inside sink bench, pantry and woodburner (Corker Cooker) stove. Has covered porch at back of hut with woodbox and back door into hut. Toilet. Water from river. Some space for camping if required.

Beckett's
Beckett's

From: David Barnes
Date: 5 August 2012
Where: Takitimu Mountains, Southland
Description: DoC (4)
Access: From Princhester Rd via Waterloo Burn, 4.5 hours. From Aparima Hut, 2 hours.
Comments: Hidden just inside the bush. Look for an orange marker.

Belltown Manunui
Belltown Manunui

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: Feb 07
Where: Kahurangi National Park, topomap 260-L27 Karamea
Description: DOC (10)
Access: 3.5 Hours from Wangapeka Road carpark, walking west to east. Situated at confluence of Drain Creek and Little Wanganui River, GR 462838. Note that DoC Parkmap 274-13, 2004 edition shows incorrect location
Comments: Nice, spacious little hut, with good atmosphere. Woodburner, water and toilet. Sleeping platforms with mattresses. Close to river, with some decent swimming holes. Sandflies not too bad! Two hut tickets required.

Ben Avon
Ben Avon

From: David Barnes
Where: Dingle Burn, H?wea Conservation Park
Description: DOC
Access: 2hours upstream from Cotter's Hut, 2 hours downstream from Top Dingle Hut
Comments: Historic mustering hut, built 1930. Overnight use not permitted

Big Hellfire
Big Hellfire

From: Dan Elderkamp
Date: Jan 2012
Where: Rakiura National Park, Stewart Island
Description:DOC (12)
Access: From East Ruggedy hut, about 8 hours. This is one of the longer and harder days on the circuit, with a mix of bush, dune and beach walking, with some spectacular views, particularly of Whenuahou/Codfish Island, which is where the kakapo recovery and breeding programme is situated. West Ruggedy Beach is awesome, but muted somewhat by the flotsam and junk from fishing boats that litters parts of the shore. Some buoys have been recycled as track markers!
Comments: Highest hut on the circuit, at approx. 220m asl. Nice atmosphere. Some nice views off the front deck to the east. Sleeping platforms with mattresses, woodburner, inside water supply and sink bench. Covered back porch for the wet stuff, and to keep wood dry. Toilet's a fair way from the hut. Huge sand dune about 3 minutes before the hut, goes all the way down to the beach - some great views to the west and east from here. Quite unusual!

Big Hut
Big Hut

From: David Barnes
Date: 20 June 2004
Where: Rock and Pillar Conservation Park, Central Otago
Description:Rock and Pillar Hut Trust (10 bunks, 25 if pre-booked & trust warden is on site).
Access: Up a poled DoC easement from SH87 to the conservation land boundary and then on to the summit plateau.
Comments: A former ski club hut originally opened in 1946. The hut has been owned by the Otago Ski Club and the Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club. Now owned by the Rock and Pillar Hut Trust, which is looking doing a fantastic job of restoring it, and making a DoC proposal to remove it a few years ago look very silly. In winter, you can cross country ski from the door. See Big Hut for more info.

Bluff
Bluff

From: Steve Hudson
Date: 6 November 2013
Where: Headwaters of Hokitika River, Westland. Map reference NZ Topo 50- BV19 474323.
Description: DOC (6)
Access: Approx. 3-4 hours walk from Poet Hut or 8-10 hrs from Frew Hut via Frew Saddle Bivvy.
Comments: The hut is a 6 bunker and has a wood burner. Water from a tank. Hut is in excellent condition. Night 3 if doing the Toaroha- Hokitika-Whitcombe Circuit. Amazing views all around. Very steep climb up from the Hokitika Swing bridge of around 500 metres.

Blue Range
Blue Range

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 14 December 1996
Where: Blue Range, Tararua Forest Park.
Description: MTC (8)
Access: 2-3 hours from the Kiriwhakapapa road end, 2 hours over to Cow Creek Hut.
Comments: A wonderfully blue hut set at the back of a small clearing. Stove and tank water. 4 double-width bunks (3 mattresses). Amusing collection of signs from the 'For Sale' by the water tank to 'Psychiatric Centre' at the door. There are maps of the lower North Island plastered on the ceiling. Well worth the short diversion even if headed straight to Cow Creek. NB. Long-drop (toilet) is nearly full and needs a door.

Blyth
Blyth

From: Neil Richardson
Where: Southern side of Mt Ruapehu, Tongiriro National Park
Description: DOC (22)
Access: About 1.5 hours from the Turoa skifield road.
Comments: Very good spot for further exploring on the Mountain, very good log burner stove for heating. A picture from a distance is here.
Picure courtesy of: Tony Graham

Bob's
Bob's

From: David Barnes
Date: 2 January 2012
Where: Nelson Lake National Park
Description: DOC (8)
Access: A long day over Three Tarn Pass from the St James, or 3 hours from East Matakitaki Hut.
Comments: Ex NZFS hut in great condition.

Bog Inn
Bog Inn

From: Kevin Davison
Date: Oct 09
Where: Pureroa Forest Topo50 MapBG35 E1828988 N5726201
Description: DOC (4)
Access: 40 minutes from end of Bog Inn Rd. Also accessed from Waihaha Hut or Mt Pureroa.
Comments: Part of the Te Araroa trail. Interior of hut is a rough sawn with gaps.

Boundary
Boundary

From: Kevin Davison
Date: 29/12/15
Where: Mavora Lakes
Description: DOC Standard 4 Bunk
Access: 4 hrs walk from Mavora Campsite around the North Mavora Lake. 2 hrs from Careys Hut. This is a 4 wheel drive track. 2 days from Greenstone Hut.
Comments: Part of the Te Araroa Trail. Links with the Greenstone track.

Boyle Flats
Boyle Flats

From: Steve Hudson
Where: St James Conservation Area.
Description: DOC, 12 Bunks. Serviced
Access: 5 hrs from Boyle Village, SH 7, Lewis Pass Highway. 6 Hrs from Anne Hut.
Comments: Cross the swing bridge over the Boyle River to the hut which sits on an open terrace. Firewood and tank water supplied.

Brown
Brown

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: Feb 2007
Where: Kahurangi National Park, map ref DoC Parkmap 274-13 Kahurangi
Description: DOC (16)
Access: From Aorere Valley Road end, 5 minutes. The next hut on the Heaphy Track is Perry Saddle which is 5 to 5.5 hours away (all uphill!).
Comments: First hut on the Heaphy Track, if walking from East to West. Primarily used by people making a late start. Has fireplace, water and bunks with mattresses. On a "Great Walks" track - booking required.

Browning
Browning

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 31 December 1999
Where: Below Totara Saddle, Richmond Forest Park
Description: DOC (8)
Access: 5 hours from Roebuck Hut, 4 hours down from Rocks Hut, 1.5 hours from Hacket Hut, 3 hours from the Hacket Creek picnic area.
Comments: Water from the nearby creek. Nice and bright inside due to skylights. Some wasps and mosquitoes seen and mice suspected.

Bungaree
Bungaree

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: Jan 2012
Where: Rakiura National Park, Stewart Island
Description: DOC (12)
Access: From Port William hut, about 4 hours along a fairly rugged tramping track and a beach or two. Can be plenty of muddy patches in wet weather (which Stewart Island has a lot of), with lots of tree roots.
Comments: Nice hut set just above the beach in a marvellous location. The second hut on the North West Circuit, going anti-clockwise. Sleeping platforms and bunks with mattresses in two bunk rooms, one each side of the kitchen/common area. Woodburner, inside sink bench and water, outside toilet, etc. This is more like a normal DOC hut, with some character. Sandflies quite common, but not too bad. Awesome beach, good swimming, fishing, scenery and photography opportunities. Memorable!

Bushline
Bushline

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 26 December 1997
Where: Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park
Description: DOC (14)
Access: 2-3 hours from the Mt. Robert carpark by either the Pinchgut or Paddy's Tracks, 4-7 hours over to Angelus Hut.
Comments:A cute hut with a grand outlook over Lake Rotoiti and down to St Arnaud. Loo with a view!

Pages about New Zealand