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Gold Creek
Gold Creek

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: Nov 08
Where: Ruahine Forest Park, topomap 260-U22 Onga Onga
Description: DOC (4)
Access: From carpark at end of Wakarara road (at old mill site), 3 - 4 hours (via Makaroro River & track) or 5 - 6 hours up Gold Creek (river route).
Comments: Cosy, neat little hut in lovely setting next to Gold Creek. Four bunks with foam mattresses, Corker Cooker and toilet. Water from stream. Repainted/refurbished by DOC in Nov 07. Great destination, up delightful track, for a longish day tramp.

Gouland Downs
Gouland Downs

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: Feb 07
Where: Kahurangi National Park, DoC Parkmap 274-13 Kahurangi
Description: DOC (8)
Access: 2 Hours from Perry Saddle hut, or 1.5 hours from Saxon hut
Comments: Nice hut with great character on Heaphy Track. As it is a Great Walks hut, prior booking is required. Fireplace, bunks with mattresses and toilet. No gas cookers available in this hut - bring your own. Situated close to stream (Cave Brook).

Granity Pass

From: Pat Terry
Where: Mt. Owen, Kahurangi National Park
Description: DOC (6)
Access: 5-7 hours from the road end at Courthouse Flat.
Comments: From Courthouse Flat some folk take the interesting route via the old gold workings. After 3-4 hours uphill the track opens into tussock and scattered forest. The Staircase section descends steeply. Once down into the valley floor the track runs for about 3/4 hr to the hut. Look out for Taplins the prospectors derelict hut. Granity Pass hut makes a good base to explore the Mt Owen area. It's fascinating and requires time to explore. Weather is a key factor for this area.

Greenstone
Greenstone

From: Kevin Davison
Date: January 2010
Where: Greenstone Valley : Topo 50 map CC09: E1226486, N5008425
Description: DOC serviced (20)
Access: Greenstone track starts from car park at the end of Greenstone Road 86 km from Queenstown or from Howden hut on the Routeburn track
Comments: At junction of track to Mavora lakes as well, New hut. Replaced other hut further down the valley

Hamilton
Hamilton

From: David Barnes
Date: December 2009
Where: Craigieburn Forest Park
Description: DOC (20)
Access: From SH73 at either Cass (6hrs) or Bealey (7hrs).
Comments: Lovely hut situated on a terrace at the mid-point of the Cass Saddle-Lagoon Saddle route. Has a radio.

Happy Daze
Happy Daze

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: Jan 2009
Where: Ruahine Forest Park, topomap U22 Ongaonga and/or U23 Dannevirke
Description: DOC (4)
Access: From Kashmir Road car park, about 3 hours down North Branch Makaretu River. From Awatere Hut, about 2 hours. There is also access from the end of Manawatu River Road, or from Paget Road up the Makaretu River (with landowner's permission).
Comments: Rustic but comfortable little hut with character, situated in large grassy clearing on terrace above the Makaretu River. Bunks with foam mattresses, fireplace, water and toilet. Good destination after a great tramp down the North Branch Makaretu River. Popular with local hunters, but plenty space for camping around the hut.

Hardies
Hardies

From: David Whyte
Comments: This hut barely deserves the name and any time may collapse. However it is mentioned in some literature and on some older maps. It is located very close to the intersection of high level track and "low level" track at the top end of the Waiorongomai this being about 2 hours from the road end. From observation people may stay here, but there is no toliets or any water. A better place to stay would be a bit closer to the road on the high level track were a large flat area (site of Quartzville?) would make better camping. (more sun!)

Hauhungaroa
Hauhungaroa

From: Dan Elderkamp
Date: March 2008
Where: Pureora Forest Park. Topomap 260-S18 Taumarunui
Description: DOC (6)
Access: 4 hours (first 20 minutes through private land) from Fraser's gate on Mangakahu road, or 6 - 7 hours from Waihaha hut.
Comments: Near new (built 2005) standard 6-bunk hut, with bunks & mattresses, inside sinkbench, table & seats, woodburner, deck, outside water/sink and toilet. Very snug, cosy & comfortable, situated in a sunny clearing with a good view to the north. Space for a tent or two. Mainly used by people traversing Hauhungaroa track North/South, and by hunters.

Haurangi
Haurangi

From: David Barnes
Date: November 2011
Where: Orongorongo River, Rimutaka Forest Park
Description: DOC (10)
Access: About 3 hours from the Catchpool carpark.
Comments: A "bush cabin" - book at the ranger's station at the entrance to the park.
Head upriver from the end of the Orongorongo Track for about 40 minutes on either the Big Bend track (all weather) or in the riverbed. The track passes right by the signposted path that climbs steeply up to the river terrace on which the hut sits. The riverbed is quicker but you have to know where to leave it for the hut.
Replacement for old Haurangi Hut. Locked hut which must be booked. You get the whole hut for $75.00. Gas & cooking utensils provided. Good for families and beginners, as it has all-weather access.

Heaphy
Heaphy

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: Feb 07
Where: Kahurangi National Park - DoC Parkmap 274-13 Kahurangi
Description: DOC (30)
Access: 6 Hours from James Mackay hut, 2.5 hours from Lewis hut walking east to west, or 5 hours from or to Kohaihai carpark.
Comments: Great Walks hut - prior booking required. Beautiful location at the confluence of the Lewis and Heaphy Rivers, but oh, the sandflies! Insect repellent a vital necessity to enjoy this hut and location. Good swimming and photo opportunities.

Helicopter Flat
Helicopter Flat

From: Steve and Cathy Hudson
Where: Head waters of Karamea River, Kahurangi National Park
Description: DOC (10)
Access: 3 Hours from Trevor Carter Hut via the Wangapeka track.
Comments: Excellent area to sight blue duck.

Herepai
Herepai

From: Neil Richardson
Date: 1996
Where: Northern end of the eastern Tararua Ranges just below the tussock, Tararua Forest Park. Map reference NZMS 260 S25 233-541.
Description: DOC/BTC (10)
Access: Approx. 2 hours walk from the Putara Road end.

Hideaway Biv
Hideaway Biv

From: David Barnes
Date: 24 November 2007
Where: Ahuriri Conservation Park.
Description: DOC (4)
Access: From Ahuriri Valley (1.5 hours) or as a 45 minute detour from Snowy Gorge Creek route (Snowy Gorge Creek Hut).
Comments: Possibly the oldest DoC hut, built 1867 as a musterers' hut. Beautifully restored by DoC.

Holdsworth Lodge
Holdsworth

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 16 December 1996
Where: Atiwhakatu Stream (Holdsworth road-end), Tararua Forest Park
Description: DOC (20)
Access: 100 metres from the car park and 3 easy hours from the Mt. Holdsworth road-end to Atiwhakatu Hut.
Comments: Needs to be booked with the caretaker at the house near the carpark. Usually open during the day. Water heater for hot drinks!

Holly
Holly

From: Mike & Liz Sampson
Date: 27 October 2003
Where: Egmont National Park
Description: DOC (38 bunks)
Access: 3 hours from the North Egmont Visitor Centre; 4.5 hours to Stratford Plateau; 2.5 - 3.5 hours from Kahui Hut; 5 - 7 hours from Waiaua Gorge Hut (via Kahui Hut using the high level route); 2.5 - 3 hours from Pouakai Hut.
Comments: A very popular hut as it is on both the Pouakai Circuit and the Round the Mountain Track. There is plenty of room to camp on the grass in front of the hut. The Bells Falls (30 minutes one way) and Ahukawakawa Swamp (20 minutes along the track towards the Pouakai Range) make good side trips.

Home Hill
Home Hill

From: Kevin Davison
Date: January 2011
Where: Queenstown/Wakatipu area : Topo 50 Ref E1227382, N50155212
Description: DOC (2)
Access: The Hut can be accessed from the Mid Caples hut. there is no track to it but go to the old homestead and the up ridge behind the house. Then follow the tree line to the right. Hut is just above the tree line on Home hill.
Comments:Small hut that has hessian bunks and a grass floor. Has character but not in the best of condition

Homestead
Homestead

From: Kevin Davison
Date: January 2013
Where: Stewart Island / Rakiura: Topo 50 map CJ08: E1203888, N4790512
Description:Rakiura Hunter Camp Trust (4)
Access: 15 minutes from Mason Bay Hut on track to Freshwater Hut.
Comments: Hunters hut so requires booking in advance

Hopeless
Hopeless

From: Sean McGrath
Where: Nelson Lakes National Park
Description: DOC (8)
Access: 4 hrs from Lakehead Hut or 7 hrs from St Arnaud car park.
Comments: It’s a cosy 8 bunk hut but is built on two levels with a bare lower level which can be used for sleeping. Built in the 1950’s it was opened by none other than Sir Ed Hillary. Situated beside the Hopeless Creek it’s approx 4 hrs easy tramping up the Travers Valley from Lakehead Hut or 7 hrs from St Arnaud car park. A popular resting place for trampers crossing Sunset Saddle to or from Angelus Hut.

Howden
Howden

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 14 March 2001
Where: Lake Howden, Fiordland National Park
Description: DOC (28)
Access: About an hour from the Divide shelter, 3.5 hours from Mackenzie Hut.
Comments: This is a Great Walks hut that has to be booked in advance as does camping about 20 minutes away. You can only stay 2 nights. Gas stoves. Bunkroom on second floor.

Hurunui
Hurunui

From: Kevin Davison
Date: January 2011
Where: Kamai Mamaku Forest Park: Topo 50 map BD36: E1857769, N5810392
Description: DOC Basic hut sleeps 3
Access: 3hrs from the Kaimai summit on state Highway 29. Along the North South Track.
Comments: Easy walk in. One of 5 old huts in Kaimais. Water supply is the stream. Good day walk or easy overnighter.

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