Rapid Creek Hut, Hokitika River

Comfortable ex-New Zealand Forest Service S81 four bunker on a grassy flat with an impressive mountainous backdrop.

Access requires the use of a 60 m cableway across the substantial Hokitika River. That’s in a very small steel cage, on rollers, hanging from a single length of sagging steel cable. Easy enough with a group, if slow, one at a time with your pack squeezed in, but on your own you have to pull yourself up the increasingly steep cable.

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category . . . standard hut

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

elevation . . . 115 m

bunks . . . 4

built . . . 1961

heating . . . wood burner

water . . . creek at back of the hut, 20 m, or Hokitika River, 50 m walk

toilet . . . longdrop

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