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Date: January 2011
Where: Fiordland Kepler Track: Topo 50 map CD07: E11703138, N49580472
Description: DOC Great Walk hut sleeps 50
Access: Kepler Track
Comments: Great Walk Hut
Date: March 2009
Where: Molesworth Station
Access: Sited approx 200m off the Hanmer Springs-St. Arnaud Rd. which is a toll/gravel road not really suitable for the family car although popular with cyclists.
Comments: A DOC hut featuring four bunks and wood burning fire located just north of the highest publicly accessible road pass in N.Z., Island Saddle at 1,347m, and close to the Wairau River headwaters. Well worth a visit.
Date: Feb 07
Where: Kahurangi National Park, DoC Parkmap 274-13 Kahurangi
Description: DOC (26)
Access: 6.5 hours from Perry Saddle hut, 4.5 hours from Gouland Downs hut, or 3 hours from Saxon hut, walking east to west.
Comments: Nice hut, well situated, with good views. Sleeping platforms with mattresses, toilet, water, etc. Usual 2nd night stopover for people doing the Heaphy Track in 3 nights/4 days, so can be a bit cramped when full. Resident bread-stealing wekas!
Date: November 2000
Where: Orongorongo River, Rimutaka Forest Park
Description: DOC (8)
Access: 2 hours from the Catchpool carpark.
Comments: A "bush cabin" - book at the ranger's station at the entrance to the park. Ford the river straight over from the end of the Orongorongo Track and walk upriver about 100 metres. A small gap in the bush reveals a path heading steeply up to the hut. If you miss it then there is a marked "back door" track further up the river.
Where: Kahurangi National Park
Description: DOC (6)
Access: 4 to 5hrs from Whangapeka Road via Chummies track.
Comments: Fantastic outlook over the Whangapeka Valley, Granity Pass and Mt Owen. Near origional condition.
Date: 24 July 2008
Where: Travers Valley, Nelson Lakes National Park
Description: DOC (35)
Access: 5 hours from Lakehead Hut. Less than 3 hours down from Upper Travers Hut and 3.5 hours from Cupola Hut in its side-valley.
Comments: A good hut situated 5 hours easy walk from the head of Lake Rotoiti. Good views of Mt. Travers up the valley. An older (9 May 1996) picture of the hut is at New Zealand Huts: Sundry Photos
Date: 10 May 2007
Where: Silver Peaks Scenic Reserve, Otago
Description: DOC (10)
Access: Lots of options. Most direct is from Hightop via Devil's Staircase, 3.5-4 hours.
Comments: Built 2007, this is the closest DoC hut to a city centre. No cooking/heating facilities. Becoming popular, but lots of good camping options in the valley below.
Date: 29 October 1995
Where: below Jumbo, Tararua Forest Park
Description: DOC (30)
Access: 3-4 hours from Powell Hut (via Mt. Holdsworth), about 3 hours down (4 hours up) to Atiwhakatu Hut via Rain Gauge Spur.
Comments: Great views across the Wairarapa Plains. The range from Jumbo to Mitre can be seen from the track just before the hut. Gas stoves.