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New Zealand Huts from E to F

Earnslaw
Earnslaw

From: David Barnes
Where: Mt Aspiring National Park
Description: DoC
Access: 4 hours from Muddy Creek carpark (2 hours up the Rees & 2 hours climbing)
Comments: 1930s mustering hut built with remains of early 20th century Tourist Department hut that was destroyed by avalanche. In the bush at 960m, so very cold in winter.

East Ruggedy
East Ruggedy

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: Jan 2012
Where: Rakiura National Park, Stewart Island
Description: DOC (20)
Access: From Long Harry hut, about 6 hours - can be longer, as scenically this is one of the best days on the NW circuit, and the views deserve time to take in the grandeur and beauty. It's also the day when the direction of travel turns towards the south, down the rugged west coast. Take time to visit the viewpoint (signposted, at GR CH08 986139) - awesome views to Rugged Islands, the beach, and south to Ruggedy Flat. Great variety of track - bush, dunes, beach, etc.This is also the day for wet feet, crossing the Ruggedy Stream.
Comments: Similar design to Christmas Village hut, with sleeping platforms, mattresses, woodburner, inside water supply & sink bench, outside toilet. Roomy kitchen/common area with plenty seating and space. Set in small clearing on forest edge. Also known as the Ritz!

East Matakitaki
East Matakitaki

From: David Barnes
Date: January 2012
Where: Nelson Lake National Park
Description: DOC (6)
Access: A long day either from the Upper Waiau over Thomson and D'Urville Passes or from Upper D'Urville Hut over David Saddle, or 3 hours from Bob's Hut.
Comments: Ex NZFS hut in great condition.

Fenella
Fenella

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 30 December 1996
Where: Cobb Valley, Kahurangi National Park
Description: DOC (20)
Access: From Cobb Reservoir 5-6 hrs passing the unmaintained Cobb Hut less than an hour from Fenella Hut.
Comments: The hut was built as a memorial to Fenella Druce who was one of 4 people killed when the Four Johns Hut in Mt. Cook National Park was blown off its site. Gas stove, indoor water, cooking stuff: pots, pans, ladles and can-opener on wall! One large sleeping platform with a smaller one above and a couple of mattresses in the back room behind the fireplace. Looks up to the saddle to Burgoo Stream - there is a 5-10 minute walk (turn left and downhill on leaving the hut) along a clear track to a swimmable tarn on the saddle. Walk on past the tarn for a good view of Burgoo Stream and the limestone cliffs above.

Field
Field

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 14 April 1995
Where: above Tirotiro Knob, Tararua Forest Park
Description: TTC (25)
Access: From Otaki Forks 3 hrs. 3-4 hours further up to Kime Hut.
Comments: Built in 1924, there are still signs of the original bush carpentry. Handy for Friday-nighters doing the Southern Crossing over the weekend. The photo is after a recent (2003) renovation. The danger sign refers to the track out from the Penn Creek Hut to Otaki (which may be accessed from Table Top, just above the hut). The track crosses several unstable slip faces.
Picture courtesy of: Steve and Cathy Hudson

Flora
Flora

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: Dec 2008
Where: Kahurangi National Park, topomap M27 Mount Arthur
Description: DOC (12)
Access: From car park at end of Graham Valley Sth Branch road, 30 - 40 minutes.
Comments: Unusual hut - in reality two separate 6-bunk huts joined by the wood shed in the middle. Bunks with foam mattresses, fireplaces, inside sink benches. Water from Flora Stream. Picnic table. Toilet nearby. Not many people overnight here, but it is handy for a sleepover if starting late evening - facilitates an early start the next morning to other destinations nearby, or as lunch stop if doing the Lodestone or Mt Arthur. Ideal for taking small kids on first overnighter.

Freds Camp
Freds Camp

From: Kevin Davison
Date: December 2012
Where: Stewart Island / Rakiura: Topo 50 map CJ09: E1217759,
Description: DOC (10)
Access: Southern Circuit. Freshwater and Rakeahua Huts. 5hrs tramp Freshwater hut. (Prone to flooding). Also by Water Taxi.
Comments: Great hut with great view of the water. Sits just above beach.

French Ridge
French Ridge

From: David Barnes
Date: 5 May 2012
Where: Mt Aspiring National Park
Description: NZAC (15)
Access: From Raspberry Flat, up the Matukituki Valley past Aspiring Hut to Pearl Flat, then straight up French Ridge. 7 hours.
Comments: The third hut on this site (fourth if you count a pre-World War II bivvy), it's a staging point for Mt Aspiring for some and a stunning destination in its own right for others.

Freshwater
Freshwater

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: Jan 2012
Where: Rakiura National Park, Stewart Island
Description: DOC (16)
Access: From Mason Bay hut, 3.5 hours on an excellent, mostly flat track through manuka/kanuka bush and swamps. This is the easiest day on the circuit, so take time to take in the surroundings, which are a marked contrast to everything experienced thus far. Old farm homestead (now a DOC field base and accommodation) and woolshed along the way. Access from North Arm hut about 6 hours on a muddy, difficult, track with lots of steep sections and tree roots. Access also by water taxi from Oban.
Comments: Situated next to the Freshwater River. It's small for the no. of bunks, so can be crowded! However most people tend to wait here for the water taxi (the wharf is just across the river) and don't stay the night. However, it's an older hut in almost original condition, so has a good feel to it, with some character. Covered outside porch, with seats, by the door with lines to hang the wet stuff. Woodburner and toilet with inside sinkbench and water supply. Bunks/sleeping platform mix with mattresses in two bunkrooms.

Frew
Frew

From: Steve Hudson
Date: 7 November 2013
Where: Whitcombe River, Westland. Map reference NZ Topo 50- BV18 407318.
Description: DOC (10)
Access: Approx. 5-7 hours walk from Whitcombe Valley Road or 3-4 hours from Rapid Creek Hut.
Comments: The hut is a standard 10 bunker and has a wood burner. Tank water. Hut is in excellent condition. Night 4 if doing the Toaroha- Hokitika-Whitcombe Circuit.

Frew Saddle Bivvy
Frew Saddle Bivvy

From: Steve Hudson
Date: 7 November 2013
Where: Frew Saddle, Westland. Map reference NZ Topo 50- BV19 496361.
Description: DOC (2)
Access: Approx. 3-4 hours walk from Bluff Hut via Hokitika River or 5-7 hrs from Frew Hut.
Comments: Standard 2 bunker. Water from a small stream nearby. Average condition.

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