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Cannibal Gorge
Cannibal Gorge

From: Steve Hudson
Date: June 2011
Where: St James Conservation Area.
Description: DOC, 20 Bunks. Serviced.
Access: 3-3.5 hrs from the Lewis Pass Highway, SH 7. 1-1.5 hrs from Ada Pass Hut.
Comments: A nice hut well stocked with coal for those cold winter nights. Interesting history of area, pre European years.
DOC: Cannibal Gorge Hut

Carroll
Carroll

From: Gary & Melinda Taylor
Date: 24 November 2001
Where: Kelly Range, Arthur's Pass National Park
Description: DOC (7)
Access: 2 hours steep climb from a roadside shelter.
Comments: Carroll Hut, looking South down the valley towards Otira and Arthur's Pass. There is a car park on the left hand side of the road, approx 4km, heading North from Otira village. The hut sleeps eight people and is not heated. DOC plan to demolish this hut as the walls are rotting from inside. But the good news is that a replacement is on the cards.
DOC: Carroll Hut (the replacement hut with 10 bunks)

Careys
Careys

From: Kevin Davidson
Date: 29/12/15
Where: Mavora Lakes
Description: DOC Standard 7 Bunk
Access: 2 hrs walk from Mavora Campsite around the North Mavora Lake. This is a 4 wheel drive track. 2-3 days from Greenstone hut.
Comments: Part of the Te Araroa Trail. Links with the Greenstone track.
DOC: Careys Hut

Cass Saddle
Cass Saddle

From: David Barnes
Date: December 2009
Where: Craigieburn Forest Park
Description: DOC
Access: From SH73, 3-4 hours.
Comments: Small hut on the Cass Saddle-Lagoon Saddle route.
DOC: Cass Saddle Hut (only 3 bunks)

Cascade
Cascade

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: Sept 2004
Where: Kaimanawa Forest Park
Description: DOC (6)
Access: From end of Clements Mill Road, via Hinemaiaia track, 6 hours. From Cascade hut to Oamaru hut (via Kaipo Saddle, Kaipo River and Oamaru track) 7 - 9 hours, and to Boyd Hut via North Arm Track and Ngaruroro River 6 - 8 hours
Comments: Very cosy hut, built 1964, situated in a clearing next to Tauranga Taupo River. Six bunks with mattresses, stove/fireplace, toilet, tank water & inside sink bench. A 15min walk to historic Stanfield's Whare.
DOC: Cascade Hut
This standard six-bunk hut in the Kaimanawa Forest Park is an ideal base for hunters, or for hikers looking to enjoy the scenic Hinemaiaia track.

Cattle Creek
Cattle Creek Hut

From: Dan Elderkamp
Date: Dec 2013
Where: Ruahine Forest Park
Description: DOC (8)
Access: From end of Tamaki West Road behind Dannevirke, either via Holmes Ridge track or Tamaki River West Branch and Stanfield Hut, 4 - 4.5 hours one way.
Comments: Cosy hut in relatively remote but pleasant location. Recently renovated, with woodburner, inside sink bench/water supply, and sleeping platforms with foam mattresses. Situated in clearing near headwaters of the Pohangina River. Mid Pohangina hut approx 2 - 2.5 hours downstream, and Makaretu Hut, 6.5 hours north via ridge track. Cell phone reception from ridge track. Mostly frequented by hunters (plenty deer seen near the hut). Great views from ridge.
DOC: Cattle Creek Hut

Cattle Ridge
Cattle Ridge

From: Sam Taylor
Date: April 2009
Where: Tararua Forest Park. Just below the top of Cattle Ridge.
Description: DOC (5)
Comments: Old basic hut but comfortable. Goods views out to the East.
DOC: Cattle Ridge Hut

Cavaliers
Cavaliers Hunters Hut

From: Kevin Davison
Date: December 2012
Where: Stewart Island / Rakiura Topo50 CJ08: E1198542. N4785393
Description: DOC (4)
Description: Rakiura Hunter Camp Trust (4)
Access: Southern end of Mason Bay. On Southern Circuit between Mason Bay hut and Doughboy hut.
Comments: Hunters hut so booking essential. 5 minutes from beach
DOC: Cavaliers Hut

Cecil King's Hut
Cecik King's Hut

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: March 2007
Where: Kahurangi National Park, topomap 260-M28 Wangapeka
Description: DOC (6)
Access: 6.5 hours from Helicopter Flat hut, 4 hours from Stone hut, 5 minutes from King's Creek hut.
Comments: Historic, restored hut - a real gem. Made from split timber slabs, and maintained in original condition. Well worth a rest stop, to soak in the atmosphere. Still has original fittings and implements.Has displays, with information on its history. King's Creek hut 5 minutes away is more comfortable and modern, but this place is just absolutely unique.
DOC: Cecil King's Hut(4 bunk beds)
Historic Cecil Kings Hut is one of the few surviving buildings of the depression mining in the Wangapeka. Today it is available as accommodation for trampers in Kahurangi National Park.

Cedar Flats
Cedar Flats Hut

From: Steve Hudson
Date: August 2012
Where: Toaroha River,Westland.
Description: DOC (12) , Standard
Access: 3-4 hrs along a benched track from end of Middlebranch Road, Upper Kokatahi.
Comments: A nice hut just recently extended from a standard 6 bunk to cater for extra numbers. Excellent hotpool just 10mins from hut at bottom of Wren Creek. Plenty of Blue Duck (Whio) frequent the area. Old Cedar Flats Hut is nearby for any overflow.
DOC: Cedar Flat Hut

Central Whirnaki
Central Whirnaki Hut

From: Kevin Davidson
Date: 23/12/14
Where: Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tane Conservation Park
Description: DOC 24 Bunk Serviced hut
Access: 4-5 hrs from road end (River Road)
Comments: Part of the Whirinaki track. A 2-3 day circuit. Whio (Blue Duck) often seen around the hut. Ongaonga (Stinging Nettle) also in abundance.
DOC: Central Whirnaki Hut

Chaffey
Chaffey

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 29 December 1996
Where: Cobb Valley, Kahurangi National Park
Description: DOC (2)
Access: 2 hours from the Cobb Reservoir, 3 hours from Cobb Hut.
Comments: No longer maintained and just about falling down. Good for a lunch stop if you can stand the sandflies.
DOC: Chaffey Hut - rebuilt to hold 3 bunks.

Christmas Hunter's
Christmas Hunter's

From: Dan Elderkamp
Date: Jan 2012
Where: Rakiura National Park, Stewart Island
Description: Rakiura Hunter Camp Trust (6)
Access: About 5.5 hours from Bungaree hut, or 30 minutes before Christmas Village hut, on an undulating forest track, except for the part which uses Murray Bay beach - another unforgettable and stunningly beautiful, deserted beach. The hut is shown on the map as just east of the track, and is not signposted - the only indicator is a fishing buoy hanging from a tree on the right. It takes about 5 minutes from the main track to get to the hut.
Comments: Cosy little hut with bunks and mattresses, woodburner, water tank, meat safe and toilet set in a small clearing. Intended for, and used primarily by, hunters, it is worth the quick detour for a look-see. We left our packs by the track junction, and took just cameras. It's a typical hunters hut, with all the usual bits and pieces, and the faint odour of cooked meat pervading the air. Oozes character!
DOC: Christmas Village Hunters Hut
This is a basic six-bunk hut in the Stewart Island/Rakiura area. There is no village at or near the hut.

Christmas Village
Christmas Village

From: Dan Elderkamp
Date: Jan 2012
Where: Rakiura National Park, Stewart Island
Description: DOC (16)
Access: From Bungaree hut, 6 hours along an undulating forested track, and along Murray Beach - awesome scenery! Going can be hard at times, but so worth the effort. Keep a lookout for kiwi in the crown fern as you go (yes, in broad daylight!).
Comments: Set in a lovely sunny clearing just metres from a bouldery beach, and near a stream. An interesting hut of unusual design, with sleeping platforms and mattresses, woodburner, inside water tap and sink bench. A hut with some character! On a clear day you can see Bluff Hill and southern Fjordland across Foveaux Strait. Plenty of sandflies around the hut! This hut is the usual jump-off point for those wanting to ascend Mt Anglem - one of our party did this on the day of our arrival, and suffered the consequences on the next day's walk - suggest an extra day here if you want to do this, as it's a 6 - 7 hour return trip to the summit.
DOC: Christmas Village Hut
This is a standard 12-bunk hut in the Stewart Island/Rakiura area. There is no village at or near this hut.

Christopher
Christopher

From: Steve Hudson
Date: June 2011
Where: St James Conservation Area.
Description: DOC, 14 Bunks. Standard.
Access:4 hrs from Ada Pass Hut. 4.5 hrs from Anne Hut.
Comments: Well stocked with fire wood for those cold winter nights. Fantastic view of Faeie Queene, in the Spencer Mountains if lucky enough to experience a clear day.
DOC: Christopher Hut

Clark A-Frame
Clark

From: David Barnes
Date: 14 March 2008
Where: Grebe Valley, Fiordland National Park (Topomap mapsheet C44, E2069500, N5475400)
Description: DOC (4)
Access: From Borland Road or Green Lake Hut (4 hours). Half an hour from Historic Clark Hut.
Comments: Adequate but unappealing hut.
DOC: Clark Hut - A Frame

Clark (Historic)
Historic Clark

From: David Barnes
Date: March 2007
Where: Grebe Valley, Fiordland National Park (Topomap mapsheet C44, E2068427, N5476226)
Description: DOC (4) officially only a shelter now
Access: From Borland Road or Green Lake Hut (4 hours). Half an hour from Clark A-Frame.
Comments: Old slab hut built by deer culler Archie Clark in the 1940s.
DOC: Clark Hut (historic)
This is a basic four-bunk hut in southern Fiordland. Built in 1941, Clark Hut was one of many huts built and used for deer cullers by the New Zealand government.

Clinton
Clinton

From: Kevin Davidson
Date: 6/1/16
Where: Milford Track
Description: DOC 40 Bunk Great Walk
Access: 1.5 hrs from Lake Te Anau
Comments: Summer season requires bookings. Off season no facilities provided.
DOC: Clinton Hut

Cobb
Cobb

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 29 December 1996
Where: Cobb Valley, Kahurangi National Park
Description: DOC (4)
Access: 5 hours from the Cobb Reservoir. Fenella Hut is less than an hour away.
Comments: No longer maintained but still in good condition in 1996. Water from river. Four bunks with mattresses. Floor slopes due to rotting piles.
DOC: Cobb Hut - the hut may have been maintained since since it looks better.

Cone
Cone

From: Ian Fisk
Date: April 1994
Where: Tauherenikau Valley, Tararua Forest Park
Description: TTC (12)
Access: 6 hours from the Kaitoke road end (1 hour from Tutuwai Hut), 5 hours across Cone Saddle from Totara Flats Hut.
Comments: An outstanding example of bush carpentry. Built in 1946, renovated using original techniques in 1987. Adzed totara plank sleeping platform, dirt floor. Water from nearby stream. Interesting long drop - "Punga House of Pohy". Nice picnic table outside.
DOC: Cone Hut
This is a basic six-bunk hut in the Wairarapa region and is the second oldest hut in the Tararuas. Built by New Zealand’s first tramping club, the Tararua Tramping Club, it is one of the best surviving examples of a ‘slab hut’ in New Zealand.

Cow Creek
Cow Creek

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 15 December 1996
Where: Waingawa Valley, Tararua Forest Park
Description: DOC (6)
Access: Mitre Flats Hut is 3.5 hours downriver and Arete Forks Hut 5 hrs upriver. 3 to 3.5 hours up the ridges to Blue Range Hut.
Comments: Nice hut with a camping site nearer the river. The cable-way giving access across the river is fun. 6 bunks with mattresses.
DOC: Cow Creek Hut - pictures of the interiior and camping area.

Crosbie
Crosbie

From: Kevin Davisonn
Date: April 2012
Where: Coromandel Forest Park : Topo 50 map BB35: E1831356, N5896874
Description: DOC (10)
Access: The Hut can be accessed from a number of tracks, two off the Thames Coast Highway (SH 25) (Te Puru and Waiomu) one off the Tapu-Coroglen Road and one from the Kauaeranga Valley. Allow 4 to 6 hours for all access tracks to Crosbies Hut.
Comments: Hut has to pre-booked. Has commanding views on both side of the range. Memorial to Swedish tourist at hut site.
DOC: Crosbie Hut
At the hut site there is a memorial for two Swedish tourists who went missing while tramping in the area in 1989. See Murder of Urban Höglin and Heidi Paakkonen.

Crow
Crow

From: Steve and Cathy Hudson
Where: Kahurangi National Park
Description: DOC (12)
Access: 3 hours from Karamea Bend Hut via Karamea River Track.
Comments: Well visited spot for fishermen
DOC: Crow Hut (not to be confused with the Crow Huts in Arthur's Pass or Ruahine State Forest). The hut is about halfway along the Leslie-Karamea Track.

Cupola
Cupola

From: Sean McGrath
Date: July 24 2008
Where: Nelson Lakes N.P.
Description: DOC (6)
Access: About 3.5 hours from John Tait Hut.
Comments: Cupola, a six bunk DoC hut nestled in the fringe of the bushline, is about 3.5 hrs (depending on conditions) from John Tait which in turn is about 4.5 hrs from Lakehead hut. A highlight on the track is the Cupola Creek gorge with its turbulent falls and the superb 360 degree alpine views.
DOC: Cupola Hut

Daley's Clearing
Daley's Clearing

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: 30 April 2005
Where: Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park, Bay of Plenty
Description: DOC (20)
Access: About 2 hours from Franklin Road or 3.5 hours from Dickey Flat Road. From Te Aroha about 6 hours, or from Karangahake via Mangakino Stream route & Pack Track, about 7.5 hours. About 3.5 hours to Waitawheta hut
Comments: Compact but cosy hut in sunny, sheltered clearing with lots of room for tents. Easy tramp - ideal for small children (short routes!) on first overnight tramp, or for school parties and tramping clubs. Central kitchen/common area with one bunk room on each side. Water tank (with inside sink bench/ tap) and toilet. Some great tracks to & from this hut along the Waitawheta River, or in forest. Category 3 - one hut ticket. DOC Parkmap "Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park" or topomap T13 Paeroa

Daphne
Daphne

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: Dec 2008
Where: Ruahine Forest Park, Topomap U22 Onga Onga
Description: DOC (15)
Access: From Kashmir Rd, 3.5 hours up & over ridge/spur, or from end Mill Rd, 3.5 hours up Tuki Tuki river.
Comments: Spacious A-frame style hut in nice location on true left bank of Tuki Tuki river. Sleeping platforms with foam mattresses, inside sink bench, wood burner. Water from river. Toilet. Table with seats. Pleasant hut in good nick, with good atmosphere. A number of other huts & bivvies nearby - steep and rugged country, but beautiful nevertheless.

Dome Shelter
Dome Shelter

From: Neil Richardson
Date: April 1998
Where: On the summit plateau of Mt. Ruapehu
Description: DOC shelter
Access: Approximately 3 hours walk from Knoll Ridge or 5 hours from the Top of the Bruce carpark.
Comments: Shelter only.

Dominie Biv
Dominie

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: Nov 2006
Where: Kaweka Forest Park, map Terramap "Kaweka & Kaimanawa"
Description: DOC (2)
Access: 1 - 1.5 hours to/from Makahu Saddle. Steep 550m climb from Carpark.
Comments: Tiny dogbox, with water, two bunks and mattresses (for tiny people!), but worth a visit for a breather or lunch stop on the way to or from another destination. Amazing views, particularly from the toilet, but note it and the biv are secured to the ground by wire stays, for good reason.

Doughboy Bay
Doughboy Bay

From: Kevin Davison
Date: December 2012
Where: Stewart Island / Rakiura: Topo 50 map CJ08: E1197800, N4777744
Description: DOC hut sleeps 8
Access: Southern Circuit. Between Mason and Rakeahua Huts. 7hrs tramp from each.
Comments: Hut is just behind sand dunes. Great beach and isolation. Kiwi may be seen on beach or sand dunes

Dumpling
Dumpling Dumpling (ccok house?)

From: Kevin Davison
Date: 8/1/16
Where: Milford Track
Description: DOC 40 Bunk Great Walk
Access: 6-7hrs from Mintaro Hut
Comments: Summer season requires bookings. Off season no facilities provided. 2 separate buildings (Cook house and sleeping quarters) 50m apart.

Dun Mountain
Dun Mountain

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 28 December 1999
Where: Near the summit of Dun Mountain, Nelson
Description: Shelter (2 bunks)
Access: About 6 hours from the outskirts of Nelson city, 1.5 hours to Rocks Hut.
Comments: Really a shelter or bivouac but has water tank, stove and long drop.

Dundas
Dundas

From: Sam Talor
Date: April 2009
Where: Tararua Forest Park. Below the ridge just north of Logan.
Description: DOC (6)
Comments: Basic hut tucked away on the hillside. About 30 minutes to the top of the ridge from the hut

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