Nelson Lakes National Park huts
There’s plenty huts in the park, some are well used, ie, Angelus and the ones on the Travers-Sabine Circuit, all serviced huts, with a wood supply and often a warden in summer.
Then there’s others which are seldom visited, if you want isolation head up to those fairly obscure huts in the tributaries of the Mataki valley or up Mt Misery.
Note that during the summer season the Angelus Hut requires booking, and paying separately. Your backcountry pass is not valid from 1 November to 30 April. No booking is required in the off season.
A newish hut, insulated and cosy, perched on the edge of twin tarns at the top of a mountain with views over to Sunset Saddle and Mt Angelus.
Build a reasonably sized hut and people will come. Perhaps. The Begley Hut hut book tells another story.
Short walk, ie, 5 minutes to the remarkable, unforgettable, Blue Lake where you can see for yourself the clearest freshwater in the universe.
Classic SF70 hut, of the original NZ Forest Service variety.
Bushline Hut is perched on Mt Robert at the, err, bushline. It overlooks Lake Rotoiti and St Arnaud, and that’s a fine view.
Tiny two bunk bivvy that even with two occupants would be a squeeze. The hammock-like canvas bunks are quite comfortable except if you are taller than the six feet width of the bivvy.
Coldwater Hut is a vastly superior alternative to the nearby Lakehead Hut.
Like many huts of the time the major determinant of the layout was the location of the chimney, hence the positioning of the windows and bunks in a less desirable aspect. Despite all this, it exhibits some charm.
At 1390 m altitude, one of the highest huts around, but the surrounding wrap of the mountains, the steep south face of Mt Hopeless and the gnarly climb to Mt Cupola, make it all worthwhile.
An older style hut that is favoured by hunters and fisherpeople on Lake Rotoroa.
Historic station hut complete with 80 year old graffiti from some original government deer cullers.
Chances are you won’t be disturbed if you stay here.
George Lyon Hut is the last of the unmodified National Parks big hut built in the early 1970s and renamed to remember the contribution of the first Park Ranger to the development of the huts and park in general.
One of the cutest huts around, plywood lined, double bunks, the rushing of the creek close by . . .
Great setting for a valley floor hut, close to the Travers River with the scenic mountain backdrop of the, err, Travers Range.
The proximity to the road means plenty of use, overuse during the busy times, both by those on the Travers-Sabine circuit, and those venturing not so far, overnighters.
Great little bivvy, ie, not much more than shelter, on a slope in a tussocky clearing near the treeline.
One of the recent breed of DOC huts Morgans Hut replaces the original National Park structure that was in danger of removal by flood.
Yeah, the hut is great, but with any more than two inhabitants you would prefer to be close friends. Four or more, just hope it ain’t raining.
The Paske Hut is a standard S70 New Zealand Forest Service Hut from the 1960s in fairly original condition, including an open fireplace with a towering chimney.
On the Travers-Sabine circuit this serviced hut has a great outlook to Lake Rotoroa.
Double glazed hut in a grassy clearing with a big verandah to contemplate the view.
Sited at the east end of a large clearing adjacent to the beech forest.
Huts don’t come much smaller than this, ie, take care when cooking to provide ventilation or you may just stay here.
Nestled in a most picturesque location just under the climb to Travers Pass.
It’s a great spot but could do with a dunny dropped in.
One of the huts for the Travers-Sabine circuit that is hard for many on the track to avoid staying at, Upper Travers to Sabine would be a big day, umm, unless they head up to Blue Lake.