Sylvester Hut | Kahurangi National Park

Sylvester Hut is an easy-ish two hour climb on an old 4WD track from a small carpark over the Cobb Dam, through beech forest until you get out onto the tussock tops. Not far away are the pretty Lake Sylvester and a few smaller alpine tarns.

There is a major view to the east, D’Urville Island in the Marlborough Sounds, the Richmond Range. You can even see Mt Taranaki on a clear day.

Sylvester Hut is one of the best bang for your bucks around: close to the road, great hut, excellent views.

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category . . . serviced hut

booking . . . not required, first come gets the best bunks basis

hut fee . . . 3 hut tickets or backcountry hut pass, 1 hut ticket to camp

elevation . . . 1320 m

bunks . . . 12

built . . . 2003, (replaced old 4 bunk Bushline Hut—demolished)

heating . . . firebox, woodshed with wood supplied

cooking . . . none

water . . . tap above exterior sink on verandah, from 3 rainwater tanks—3200, 2000, 1100 litre

toilet . . . longdrop

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