Iris Burn Hut | Kepler Track, Fiordland National Park

Iris Burn Hut is not quite as dramatic setting as Luxmore Hut and those bigtime views but a pleasant enough spot to be resting those feet. You might even start to talk to your fellow travellers since it’s often the second night together and, there’s going to be plenty to share after the wander from Luxmore.

Worth the traipse up to the Iris Burn waterfall about 20 minutes walk away, sometimes it’s these pack-less walks where you can slow down and appreciate your surroundings.

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category . . . Great Walk hut

elevation . . . 450 m

hut fee – summer . . . 23 October 2018 to 1 May 2019, Hut warden in residence for summer season

New Zealand resident, need drivers license: $65 per adult, free if under 18.

Non-New Zealand resident: $130.

hut fee – winter . . . to 22 October 2018, $15 per adult, free if under 18, ie, 3 hut tickets, or backcountry hut pass. Camping not permitted

booking . . . required for summer season, 23 October 2018 to 1 May 2019, either online or at a DOC office. Not required for winter season: to 22 October 2018.

bunks . . . 50 in three bunk rooms, with mattresses

built . . . 1986, ie, when the track was opened

cooking . . . summer: gas rings. Winter: none

heating . . . firebox, firewood supplied from woodshed

water . . . summer: tap above inside sinks. Winter: outside water tank, or if frozen up, from the Iris Burn 100m away

toilet . . . summer: 4 flush toilets. Winter: long drop

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