Mokihinui Forks Hut | Mohikinui Forks Ecological Area

Mokihinui Forks Hut is located on a river terrace overlooking a grassy expanse near the junction of the two Mokihinui River branches, and made famous by the recent removal of an enormous “500-year-old” kahikatea tree. There’s lots of firewood in the woodshed.

Taxpayers paid for the original NZFS hut, and the later extension and renovation. A short time ago this was a $5 hut, now you pay $20 for the privilege of booking.

I might mention that for some reason this hut is still covered by the Backcountry Hut Pass, ie, you don’t pay extra if you have a pass. Maybe that is why they call it a eight bunk hut even though there is room for 10 people.

Dunno, I don’t like the privatisation of DOC facilities.

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category . . . private hut, built by DOC, now managed by Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust

hut fee . . . $20, although DOC Backcountry passes are accepted, ie, you don’t pay extra

booking . . . required. Book online. Note the booking system has some problems, like being able to book more than one night in a single transaction.

elevation . . . 135 m

bunks . . . 8 in main room, two bunks in entrance, 10 total

built . . . original NZFS SF70 hut built in 1963, extended and renovated by DOC in 2012

heating . . . firebox, firewood supplied

water . . . tap above sink, from the rainwater tank

toilet . . . longdrop

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