Kahurangi Keepers House | Kahurangi National Park

The Kahurangi Keepers House was built as the lighthouse keeper and family’s accommodation after the original housing slid into the sea during the 1929 Murchison earthquake. Originally built closer to the sea it was dragged up the hill when the shore started to erode.

It’s strange to see photos of the old dining room and the one-time inhabitants converted into a bunkroom.

This is one of the most spacious DOC huts around, significantly more than the standard square metre per resident you find in your average DOC hut.

It’s a relatively easy walk from the Anatori River via the sandy beach, but there are a couple of tricky river crossings that can only be safely achieved at low tide. Big River can be particularly dangerous.

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category . . . standard hut

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

elevation . . . 15m

bunks . . . 25

built . . . 1930, refurbished

heating . . . wood stove with oven

water . . . tap above sink

bath . . . Yup, there’s a bath with hot water from a wetback on the wood stove

toilet . . . 3 x longdrop

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