Gouland Downs Hut | Heaphy Track, Kahurangi National Park

The historic Gouland Downs Hut has plenty of character, ie, a low flying ceiling, and a fireplace where you can watch the flames at night but otherwise not quite so well appointed as the other more recently constructed huts on the track. Then again, you can’t create instant character.

There are a few limestone caves nearby that can be explored.

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category . . . Great Walk hut

hut fee . . . $32 per adult, free if under 18.

booking . . . required all year, either online or at a DOC office

bunks . . . 8 bunks on two levels, with mattresses

built . . . 1936

cooking . . . none

heating . . . fireplace, firewood supplied

water . . . tap above outside sink

toilet . . . long drop

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