Maori Saddle Hut | Haast Paringa Cattle Trail

The Maori Saddle and Coppermine Creek huts suggest the New Zealand Forest Service once had some ambition for the Haast Paringa Cattle Trail. But the 10% difficult sections, and the nine-hour listed time between huts have not popularised the track as planned.

The hut is a great Lockwood construction. The 20 minute not quite well-marked track to the north end of Lake Law is worth the detour, if you still have some juice in your batteries.

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category . . . standard hut

hut fee . . . 1 hut ticket, free to camp, or backcountry hut pass

elevation . . . 615 m

bunks . . . 10 mattresses in 3 stacked sleeping platforms

built . . . 1980

heating . . . firebox, collect own firewood

water . . . tap above inside sink from 900 litre rainwater tank

toilet . . . longdrop

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