Bottom Gordon Hut, Leatham River

This ex-New Zealand Forest Service hut was extended and upgraded in 1993, although the windows are only single glazed.

It’s in surprisingly good condition, considering that it is possible to drive a four-wheel drive to the front door. Then again it is a big 38 km to State Highway SH 63 in the Wairau Valley.

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category . . . standard hut

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

elevation . . . 760 m

bunks . . . 6

built . . . 1958, extended and renovated in 1993 when wood burner added

heating . . . wood burner

water . . . 30 m walk to creek

toilet . . . longdrop

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