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Kahui
Kahui

From: Mike & Liz Sampson
Date: 24 January 2004
Where: Egmont National Park
Description: DOC (6 bunks)
Access: 2.5 - 3.5 hours from Waiaua Gorge Hut, 2.5 - 3.5 hours from Holly Hut; 2 hours from Kahui Road; 2.5 hours from Puniho Road
Comments: A tidy older hut on the high level Round the Mountain Track.

Kapakapanui
Kapakapanui

From: Neil Richardson
Where: Kapakapanui, Tararua Forest Park
Description: NZDA (12)
Access: 3 hours from Ngatiawa road end at southern end of the Tararuas.
Comments: Owned by Kapiti branch of NZDA. 6 bunks.

Karamea Bend
Karamea Bend

From: Steve and Cathy Hudson
Where: Kahurangi National Park
Description: DOC (20)
Access: 5 to 6 hours from Salisbury Lodge via Leslie River.
Comments: Very beautiful valley and home of NZs largest mosquito population.

Kauritatahi
Kauritatahi

From: Kevin Davison
Date: May 2009
Where: Kamai Mamaku Forest Park: Topo 50 map BD36: E1852370, N5827491
Description: DOC Basic hut sleeps 3
Access: 1.5 Hrs south from the junction of North South and Thompsons Track. Easy walk up Thompsons Track (4 wheel drive) from the Waikato side, but you may have to put up with Vehicles and some mud. Turn south at summit and track disappears into the bush on the left near the end of 4 wheel drive area.
Comments: One of 5 old Huts in Kaimais. Sits high in the Kaimais and has views of Tauranga, Matakana and Mayor Islands, and Waihi Beach from the deck.

Kaweka Flats Biv
Kaweka Flats

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: November 2006
Where: Kaweka Forest Park
Description: DOC (2)
Access: About 1.5 - 2 hours from car park at Makahu Saddle, and 2 - 2.5 to/from Middle Hill hut.
Comments: Basic bivvy, about halfway from Makahu Saddle to Middle Hill hut. Has mattresses and toilet - water from stream. In large clearing, with plenty space for camping.

Kay Creek
Kay Creek

From: Kevin Davison
Date: January 2011
Where: Greenstone Conservation Area : Topo 50 map CB09: E1224038, N5028359
Description: DOC (4)
Access: Is 3hrs from Upper Caples hut up Kay Creek Valley.
Comments: Rarely visited but well worth it. Views down valley. Has character but not comfort. Floor is river stones and bunks are hessian sacks on beech poles.

Ketetahi
Ketetahi

From: Neil Richardson
Date: May 1998
Where: Northern end of Mt. Tongariro beside the Ketetahi Hot Springs. Map reference NZMS 260 T19 394-295.
Description: DOC (20)
Access: About 3 hours from State Highway 47a.
Comments: It is at an altitude of 1400 metres and is on the Tongariro Crossing and as such was part of the Great Walks System.
Ketetahi Track
The Ketetahi hut and campsite are no longer available for accommodation, following damage from the 2012 volcanic eruptions. The hut is now a shelter only. There are toilets available, but no drinking water.

Kime
Kime

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 2011
Where: Near Bridge Peak, Tararua Forest Park
Description: TTC (35)
Access: 5 hours from Otaki Forks, 4-5 hours from Alpha Hut, 4-5 hours from Maungahuka Hut.
Comments: The highest hut on the Southern Crossing (1400m). Magnificent views north and south. Handy for Mt. Hector. No stove - can be cold. One mattress. New water tank. Also see: Kime on 15 April 1995 and Kime on 1 April 1997 .
The new Kime Hut is open.
The first Kime hut was named after Esmond James Kime, who died on the Southern Crossing in 1922. It was opened in June 1930 and replaced by the Tararua Tramping Club with assistance from the New Zealand Forest Service in 1978. The current hut was opened in 2014. A 2010 blog article In Search of Esmond J. Kime has the newspaper coverage of Kime's accident.
Picture: Courtesy of David Barnes.

Kings Creek
Kings Creek

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: March 2007
Where: Kahurangi National Park, topomap 260-M28 Wangapeka
Description: DOC (20)
Access: 6.5 hours from Helicopter Flat hut, 4 hours from Stone hut, 5 minutes from Cecil King's hut, 3 - 3.5 hours to/from Rolling Junction.
Comments: Spacious, warm hut, with two bunkrooms, sleeping platforms & mattresses. Water from nearby stream. Toilet and woodburner. Sandflies!

Kirwans
Kirwans

From: David Barnes
Date: November 2009
Where: Victoria Forest Park
Description: DOC (12)
Access: 5-7 hours up a benched miners' trail (Kirwans Track) from Capleston, north of Reefton. Alternative routes via Montgomerie Hut and either the Waitahu Valley or Murray Creek.
Comments: A delightful hut. The half hour walk to Kirwans Hill shouldn't be missed.

Kiwi Saddle
Kirwans

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: May 2014
Where: Kaweka Forest Park
Description: HTC (8)
Access: From car park on Lakes Road, 3.5 to 4 hours, from Cameron car park, 4 to 4.5 hours.
Comments: Nice, cosy hut built and maintained by Heretaunga Tramping Club. Awesome views en route and from the hut. Many other huts accessible from here (such as Kiwi Mouth, Cameron, Studholme, Back Ridge, etc.) within a few hours tramping. Sleeping platforms with foam mattresses, woodburner, outside water tank, toilet and meat safe. Can accommodate 9 – spare mattress available. Some space around the hut for tents/camping.

Koranga Forks
Koranga Forks

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: January 2007
Where: Waioeka Forest (Map series 260 W17 Urewera)
Description: DOC (6)
Access: From DOC-signposted parking area on Moanui Rd, 3 hours. From Tawa hut via Kahunui Stream 5 - 6 hours.
Comments: Great little hut situated at confluence of Kahunui Stream and Koranga River (which then becomes the Waioeka River). Similar in style to Tawa hut, with comfortable bunks/ mattresses. Woodburner, toilet, outside water tank. Dog kennels. Plenty space for camping. Popular base for fishing & hunting.

Lagoon Saddle Hut
Lagoon Saddle

From: Barry Flamank
Date: Dec 2009
Where: Craigieburn Forest Park
Description: Basic 2 bunk bivvy
Access: Located on the Harper Side of Lagoon Saddle. 4-5 hours from Hamilton Hut, or 3 hours from Bealey Hut at the start of the track at Cora Lynn Station in the Waimakariri Valley.
Comments: Restored, but wouldn't make for the most comfortable of stays. Spilt log bunks, no mattresses, no window, no fire. A stones throw across the creek on true right from Lagoon Saddle Shelter.

Lake Dive
Lake Dive

From: Kevin Davidson
Date: 29/12/13
Where: Egmont National Park
Description: DOC 16 Bunk Serviced hut
Access: Part of the round the mountain track. 7-8 hrs from Waiaua Gorge Hut and 4-6 hrs from Dawson Falls.
Comments: The Depeartment of Conservation's Around the Mountain Circuit web page.

Lakehead
Lakehead

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 29 December 1997
Where: Head of Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park
Description: DOC (16)
Access: 3-4 hours along either lakeshore from St Arnaud, 5 hours down the Travers Valley from John Tait Hut, 4 hours from Hopeless Hut and a steep 5 hours down from Angelus Hut.
Comments: Lots of sandflies. Note that access to Coldwater Hut across the valley is either a 2-3 hour tramp via a swingbridge higher up the river or 40 minutes if the Travers River is low.

Leaning Lodge
Leaning Lodge

From: David Barnes
Where: Rock and Pillar Conservation Park, Central Otago
Description: Otago Tramping & Mountaineering Club and Leaning Lodge Trust
Access: Up a DoC easement over a farm track from SH87 to the conservation land boundary and then on to just below the summit plateau. Turn left off the vehicle track when the ridge plateaus slightly. 2-3 hours from Kinivara Station, SH87, 1 hour from Big Hut
Comments: 2013 Replacement for 1950s ski hut

Lee Stream
Lee Stream

From: Angela, Sean & Pat
Date: 26 April 2008
Where: Leatham Conservation area, Marlborough (adjacent to Nelson Lakes National Park)
Description: DOC (4)
Access: Approx. 3 hrs from the unusual swingbridge just off Rainbow road or close to four hours if gate at Six Mile Creek -10 to15 mins drive from St Arnaud village – is closed
Comments: A four bunk DoC hut with a very efficient wood stove. No tank water but creek only 50 metres from hut. Located at the end of an unmaintained but still easily followed track up a very scenic valley which is a tributary of the Wairau River.

Leitch's Clearing
Leitch's Clearing

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: 9 July 2005
Where: Whareorino, King Country (Topomap R17, Awakino)
Description: DOC (16)
Access: 3 hours from the end of Leitch Road or 4 hours from Gribbon Road.
Comments: Easy, all-weather tramp. Great hut, with indoor sink bench, water, wood/coal burner with wetback - means hot water! Spacious, two separate bunk rooms with mattresses on sleeping platforms. Lots of character. Next to Awakino river, with swimming holes, fishing, etc.

Lewis
Lewis

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: Feb 07
Where: Kahurangi National Park, DoC Parkmap 274-13 Kahurangi
Description: DOC (22)
Access: 3.5 Hours from James Mackay hut, walking east to west
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.

Lincoln
Lincoln

From: David Barnes
Date: August 2014
Where: Eyre Mountains/ Taka R? Haka Conservation Park
Description: DOC (2)
Access: From Mt Nicholas Rd. 1.5 hours
Comments: NZFS upright 2 bunker. Take a map or you might miss it.

Little Wanganui Shelter
Little Wanganui Shelter

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: March 2007
Where: Kahurangi National Park, topomap 260-L27 Karamea
Description: DOC (4)
Access: About 3 hours from Belltown Manunui hut, walking west to east. GR is 492806 just over the swing bridge, about 150m to the right. Doc Parkmap 274-13, 2004 edition shows the Belltown Manunui hut at this location, but this is a misprint.
Comments: An extremely tight fit for 4 bunks! Really just a shelter if caught out by bad weather. Not much more than a (small) caravan, but it's worth a peek, and presents a good opportunity for a rest stop. No water tank or toilet seen.

Longview
Longview

From: Neil Richardson
Where: Ruahine State Forest
Description: DOC (12)
Access: 2 hours from the Kashmir road end.
Comments: A well appointed hut with great views (if the weather is clear) hence the name. Gas cooking and heating.

Long Harry
Long Harry

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: Jan 2012
Where: Rakiura National Park, Stewart Island
Description: DOC (12)
Access: From Yankee River hut, about 5 hours. Combination of bush, dunes and beach tramping, with some great views and plenty of variety on the way. Smoky beach is another of those long, white beaches that are a pleasure to walk along, just awesome. Difficult to describe in words! Track near the hut is deceptive - it passes by to the right of the hut to a small headland (with great views of huge wind and sea-sculpted rocks down the right), then drops down to a boulder beach before climbing back up to the hut on the true left of a small stream. There is no shortcut!
Comments: A very interesting and pleasant hut, set in a grassy clearing about 60m above the beach. Great views down to Long Harry bay from behind the right side of the hut. Sleeping platforms with mattresses and large common area with inside water supply, sink benches and outside toilet. Has a large covered entrance porch for hanging wet gear and leaving boots. Good fishing, and paua to be had off the rocks. Please take only what you need!

Luxmore
Luxmore

From: Kevin Davison
Date: January 2011
Where: Fiordland Kepler Track: Topo 50 map CD07: E1178767, N4960153
Description: DOC Great Walk hut sleeps 54
Access: Kepler Track
Comments: Great Walk Hut. Great views from the hut.

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