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Rakeahua
Rakeahua

From: Kevin Davison
Date: December 2012
Where: Stewart Island / Rakiura: Topo 50 map CJ09: E1210730, N4784084
Description: DOC (6)
Access: On Southern Circuit. 5-6 hrs from Freds Camp and 7 hrs from Doughboy Bay hut
Comments: Hut under Makcrocapa trees. Side walk up Mt Rakeahua offers great views. Kiwi around hut. Track prone to flooding 1 hr either side of hut.

Rangiwhahia
Rangiwhahia

From: Neil Richardson
Where: Ruahine Forest Park.
Description: DOC (12)
Access: 2 hours from road end in the Ruahine's.
Comments: Easy trip to tops with fantastic views of the central North Island mountains. 12 bunks and gas.

Rapid Creek
Rapid Creek

From: Steve Hudson
Date: 5 November 2013
Where: RHeadwaters of Toaroha River, Westland. Map reference NZ Topo 50- BV19 379360.
Description: DOC (4)
Access: Approx. 1.5-2.5 hours from end of Whitcombe Valley Road.
Comments: The hut is a classic 4 bunker and has a wood burner. Water from the river nearby, Hut is in excellent condition.

Red Hills
Red Hills

From: Steve Hudson
Date: 17 June 2005
Where: Mt Richmond Forest Park.
Description: DOC (6)
Access: 2- 2.5hrs from Highway 63.
Comments: Fantastic outlook. Excellent condition. The hut is on the route of the Te Araroa Walkway.

Roaring Stag Lodge
Roaring Stag

From: Richard & Judy Woolley
Date: 17 June 2005
Where: Northern end of eastern Tararua Ranges, Tararua Forest Park. Map reference NZMS 260 S25 498-232.
Description: NZDA (12)
Access: Approx. 3 hours walk from the Putara Road end.
Comments: The new lodge is a standard 12 bunk hut with a 2 metre deck around two sides of the building. It has running water, a woodburner and is fully insulated. See the old hut here.

Rocks
Rocks

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 28 December 1999
Where: On a high ridge north of the Pelorus River, Richmond Forest Park
Description: DOC (20)
Access: 6 hours from the outskirts of Nelson City. 2.5 hours down to Middy Hut. 5 hours from Browning Hut.
Comments: The most luxurious hut in the park. Flush toilets, great views, 4 sleeping platforms, wekas resident nearby (and maybe kiwi as well).

Rodger Inlet
Rodger Inlet

From: David Barnes
Date: July 11 2009
Where: Lake Monowai, Fiordland National Park
Description: DOC (6)
Access: 4-5 hours from Lake Monowai roadend.
Comments: Built in Autumn 2009. The old hut is still there, but the A-frame is gone.

Roebuck
Roebuck

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 29 December 1999
Where: Headwaters of the Pelorus River, Richmond Forest Park
Description: DOC (6)
Access: 4 hours from Middy or Browning Huts.
Comments: A remote, cosy hut in a great location (sandflies!). An unmaintained track heads up the ridge behind to Mt. Fell and further towards Mt. Richmond (a strenuous 8-9 hours to the next hut - Mt. Richmond Hut - before Johnson Peak).

Roger's
Roger's

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: October 2004
Where: Whirinaki Forest Park, Central North Island
Description: DOC (6)
Access: From end of Okahu Road (off SH 38), 2.5 hours (via Skip's/Whangatawhia Hut - 1 hour from/to Roger's). From/to Moerangi Hut, 5 - 6 hours. From/to Mangakahika Hut, 3 - 3.5 hours.
Comments: Also known as Te Wairoa Hut. One of the most character-filled huts I've visited, and the only one in NZ that I know of with a stained glass window! Built in 1955 from split-wood planks, covered on the outside with sheet metal. Situated on sunny, small grassy clearing next to the lower Moerangi River. Fireplace, water, toilet. Comfortable bunks (three levels) with mattresses. Plenty space for camping. A real gem.

Roses
Roses

From: David Barnes
Date: Feb 6 2009
Where: Motatapu Track, Wanaka/Queenstown area
Description: DOC (12)
Access: 5.5 hours from Macetown, 7 hours from Highland Hut.
Comments: One of 3 huts on the new track from Arrowtown to Wanaka. A great trip, but not much flat ground on the way. Be wary of the trap that the track officially starts from Macetown, as that's a good 3 hours walk from Arrowtown, so it's a solid day if you can't get there by 4WD.

Routeburn Falls
Routeburn Falls

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 12 March 2001
Where: Beside the Routeburn Falls, Mt. Aspiring National Park
Description: DOC (48)
Access: 1.5 hours up from Routeburn Flats Hut, 5-6 hours from Mackenzie Hut.
Comments: The DOC hut is the far roof (with the great view), the warden quarters are off to the left and the private hut for guided walkers is nearest the camera. This is a Great Walks hut that has to be booked in advance. You can only stay one night and there is no room for camping. The roof shelters 2 separate buildings, one for the cooking (gas stoves) and living area and another for the bunkhouse. The bunkhouse can be dark since it only has skylights to conserve heat.

Routeburn Flats
Routeburn Flats

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 12 March 2001
Where: Under the Routeburn Falls, Mt. Aspiring National Park
Description: DOC (20)
Access: 1 hour down from Routeburn Falls Hut, 2.5 hours from the road end and shelter.
Comments: This is a Great Walks hut that has to be booked in advance as does camping on the flats. You can only stay one night. Gas stoves.

Raukawa Lodge
Raukawa

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 24 January 1999
Where: Orongorongo River, Tararua Forest Park
Description: DOC (14)
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 about 150 metres down-river from the bridge over the Turere Stream.

Sabine
Sabine

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 12 May 1996
Where: Lake Rotoroa, Nelson Lakes National Park
Description: DOC (32)
Access: 5 hours from West Sabine Hut, 8 hours from Speargrass Hut, 6 hours along Lake Rotoroa from the road-end (ranger station, etc.).
Comments: Sandfly alert - use plenty of insect spray, keep the door closed. Glimpse of the lake from the hut - better views from the jetty. Radio to call the water taxi. The photo is of the old hut which was upgraded in 2003 to include 2 16-bunk sleeping rooms, a spacious porch and a large cooking area with a wood burner.

St Jacobs
St Jacobs

From: Steve Hudson
Date: 2011
Where: Lake Sumner Forest Park.
Description: DOC (6)
Access: 2 hrs from Top Hope Hut. 6 hrs from Windy Point car park on SH 7. 8-10hrs from Tutaekuri Hut via Hope Pass.
Comments: A nice hut located on an open terrace. Water is some distance from the hut via the main river.DOC are planning to put a water tank next to the hut once funds are available.

Salisbury
Salisbury

From: Ian Fisk
Date: 28 December 1996
Where: Tablelands, Kahurangi National Park
Description: DOC (30)
Access: 5 hours from the Cobb Valley, 4 hours from Flora Saddle, 4 hours from Mt. Arthur Hut.
Comments: A big beautiful hut. Four large sleeping platforms with mattresses. Gas cookers (2 sets of 4 rings) and 2 gas heaters. May get crowded at popular times. Fill in any spare time with walks to: Dry Rock Shelter, Gordon's Pyramid, the Sphinx Valley Cave.

Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: 2005
Where: Te Urewera National Park, topomap 260-W18 Waikaremoana, or DOC Parkmap, Urewera
Description: DOC (18)
Access: From Aniwaniwa visitor's centre, 4 hours tramping via most direct route, or 6 hours via Lake Ruapani track.
Comments: Comfortable hut situated in an unbelievably beautiful location right on the shore of Lake Waikareiti. The hut has bunks with mattresses in two bunk areas, water, gas heating and toilets. This is a Great Walks hut, and requires prior booking. Plenty of fish in the lake, and a photographer's dream. This hut can also be accessed by rowboat, which can be hired at Aniwaniwa - boats are stored at the shelter on the lake's edge about an hour's walk from the start. Plenty sandflies, but unforgettable nevertheless.

Sawyer Burn
Sawyer Burn

From: Tom Waymouth
Date: 25 October 2005
Where: Wanaka
Description: DOC (2)
Access: 3 hour climb from Kidds Bush road end
Comments: It is a small old hut with 2 bunks and mattresses. It has a large open fire place with billy hooks. There is a firewood axe and assorted other things in the hut. Water is from a stream 2 minutes walk away.

Sayers
Sayers

From: Neil Richardson
Where: Near Totara Flats, Tararua Forest Park
Description: NZDA (8)
Access: About 20 minutes from Totara Flats Hut and 2.5 hours from the farm track at Mangatarere.
Comments: Sleeps 6 comfortably and is a good alternative if Totara Flats Hut is full. You have to be careful if it is raining as you need to cross the river to get back. It is owned by the local NZDA and is mostly a hunters destination. It is an interesting hut with a lot of character.

Sedgemere Sleepout
Sedgemere Sleepout

From: Sean McGrath
Where: Molesworth Station
Comments: A six bunk hut just off the Hanmer to St Arnaud (gravel/toll) road on Molesworth Station. Situated beside DOC worker accommodation and close to the headwaters of the Wairau River. Spectacular scenery and rocky vistas unlike anywhere else in N.Z. The hut has a wood stove and bonus feature; electric lights!

Shamrock
Shamrock

From: Ian Fisk
Date: November 2000
Where: Orongorongo River, Rimutaka Forest Park.
Description: DOC (8)
Access: About 3.5 hours from the Catchpool road end.
Comments: A "bush cabin" - book at the ranger's station at the entrance to the park. Follow the Orongorongo Track to the river, the Big Bend track or river bed upriver for an hour and then the 4-wheel drive track for 20 minutes to the hut.

Shallow Bay
Shallow Bay

From: Kevin Davison
Date: January 2011
Where: Fiordland Kepler Track: Topo 50 map CD07: E1178760, N4949343
Description: DOC Standard hut sleeps 6
Access: Access is along Kepler track from Rainbow Reach (between Te Anau and Manapouri). 2hrs walk. Track to hut turns left off Kepler Track.
Comments: Sits on shore of Lake Manapouri.

Slip Flat
Slip Flat

From: Kevin Davison
Date: January 2011
Where: Greenstone Conservation Area (Greenstone Valley): Topo 50 map CB09: E1227267, N5011031
Description: DOC Serviced hut sleeps 3
Access: The Greenstone track starts at the car park at the end of Greenstone Road, 86km from Queenstown. Hut is 2-3 hrs from start. Not sign posted.
Comments: Small quaint hut just off Greenstone track. Can sit nearby and watch people going going up Greenstone track.

Snowy Gorge Creek
Snowy Gorge Creek

From: David Barnes
Date: 25 November 2007
Where: Ahuriri Conservation Park
Description: DOC (5)
Access: From Ahuriri Valley (4-5 hours) or from Lake Ohau via Maitland Stream (8-9 hours).
Comments: Ex NZFS hut, recently restored. No fire or toilet. Plenty of room for tents, but the hut has guy wires, so expect wind.

South Temple
South Temple

From: David Barnes
Date: 10 December 2006
Where: Ruataniwha Conservation Park (Lake Ohau)
Description: DOC (6)
Access: From Temple Shelter (off Hopkins Valley Rd) 3 -4 hours.
Comments: Ex NZFS hut that was shifted out of flood range and modernised a few years ago. The door & fire were swapped (i.e. the fire is now at one end and the door is in the middle of the long side). The bunks are now a platform & 2 single top bunks at the opposite end from the fire, which is now a log burner. A deck has been added. This set up makes it a lot more liveable than the much loved but somewhat awkward standard design. A couple of creek crossings can cause problems in heavy rain.

Speargrass
Speargrass

From: Angela, Sean & Pat
Where: Speargrass Creek, Nelson Lakes National Park
Description: DOC (12)
Access: 8 hours from Sabine Hut (6 hours via the new route). 3 hours from the Mt. Roberts carpark.
Comments: There is an excellent new hut at this location. It was opened in April 2005 and was made possible by a bequest from Marion Southerwood who was a Wellington woman to whom the area was very special.

Staircase
Staircase

From: David Barnes
Date: August 2014
Where: Waianakarua Scenic Reserve
Description: NZDA (6)
Access: From Mt Misery Rd, marked route to river, then 20 mins up stream (unmarked), then lightly marked route on ridge. 5 hours

Stanfield
Stanfield

From: Dan Eldercamp
Date: Nov 2007
Where: Ruahine Forest Park, topomap 260-T23 Kimbolton
Description: DOC (8)
Access: From carpark at road end on Tamaki West Road, 1.5 - 2 hours either walking up the Tamaki River West Branch, or via track over Holmes Ridge.
Comments: Cosy hut in clearing on the true right bank of the Tamaki River West Branch. Recommend going to hut via the river, and back via the ridge. River walk is not hard (but wet feet guaranteed - plenty of crossings) but very pleasant. Good views from the ridge. Hut has sleeping platforms with mattresses, woodburner, water and toilet. Good for daywalk, or short overnighter. Popular with hunters.

Starveall
Starveall

From: Mike & Liz Sampson
Date: 27 December 2003
Where: Alpine Route, Mt Richmond Forest Park.
Description: DOC (6 bunks)
Access: 5 - 6 hours from Hackett Road end; 2.5 hours from Slaty Hut; 5 - 6 hours from Lee Valley Quarry.
Comments: A tidy 1960's 6 bunk hut with great views over the Golden Bay towards Abel Tasman National Park - great reward for the 1,100 m climb from the road end!

Studholme Saddle
Studholme Saddle

From: Kevin Davison
Date: 22/10/2016
Where: Kaweka Forest Park NZTopo50 map sheet:BJ37
Description: DOC hut sleeps 4
Access: 3hr from Makahu Saddle. 4hrs from MacIntosh Hut
Comments: Small hut with open fire and water from stream. In wooded valley with steep access from both directions. Studholme Saddle Bivy is 15 minutes down stream

Studholme Saddle Bivy
Studholme Saddle Bivy

From: Kevin Davison
Date: 22/10/2016
Where: Kaweka Forest Park NZTopo50 map sheet:BJ37
Description: DOC Bivy Sleeps 2
Access: 3hr from Makahu Saddle. 4hrs from MacIntosh Hut
Comments: Small hut with sleeping for 2. Bunks only. Water from stream. In wooded valley with steep access from both directions. Studholme Saddle Hut is 15 minutes up stream

Sunrise
Sunrise

From: Richard & Judy Woolley
Date: 2nd July 2005
Where: Ruahine Forest Park.
Description: DOC (20)
Access: 3 to 4 hours from Triple X, 2 hours to Top Maropea Hut.
Comments: Great views from the new porch. Aptly named on the right morning. Gas cookers and heating. The skylight provides plenty of natural light. There is a photo of the hut in October 2005 and an older photo here.

Supper Cove
Supper Cove

From: David Barnes
Date: 25 April 2006
Where: Dusky Sound, Fiordland.
Description: DOC (14)
Access: 4 days from Lake Hauroko or Lake Manapouri.
Comments: For most people, the destination and mid-point on an 8 day Lake Hauroko to Lake Manapouri trip. Unfortunately the DoC row boat is no longer there, so fishing for tea has to be done on shore. Mussels are easily gathered.
 

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