St James Conservation Area huts
The 65 km long St James Walkway has a number of well-spaced serviced huts to spend each night in although the degree of “service”, mainly just a fuel supply and a tap close at hand from a rainwater tank, is variable.
Then again it should have good huts as the walkway was specifically set up in the early 1980s as a well-maintained tramp to give an accessible alternative to the Great Walks.
There are a few other around from the St James Station days, prior to when the land was bought by the government and converted into a Conservation Area.
Ada Pass Hut is nestled in the forest, in a sunny spot, that’s if there’s any sun about, with a splendid view up the west branch of the Mariua River, more a stream here.
Anne Hut is a brand new hut built to a Five Star standard, in a different location, after the old Anne Hut was burned down.
Boyle Flat Hut is just over the swing bridge across the Boyle River on a small grassy flat, kinda needing a bit of DOC love and attention but comfortable enough, at least when not at full capacity.
Cannibal Gorge Hut is sited on a grassy flat with good views down to the Lewis Pass with a backdrop of the substantial peak, Gloriana, 2218 m.
Christopher Cullers Hut is an ancient, well, 1959 hut with plenty of yarns to recount no doubt from back in the day.
Christopher Hut is a well appointed 14 bunker hut on a grassy flat surrounded by mountains. It’s a goody
An unrenovated three bunk hut straight from the deer culler days. Still with an open fireplace and canvas bunks, although now with plastic coated mattresses provided.
Lake Guyon Hut is a cutie and the lake has trout.
Magdalen Hut is a newish DOC 6 bunker not too far from the road that would make a decent base camp if you carried a fishing rod.
Don’t think anyone is going to stay at Old Bridge Hut with the dirt floor, wrecked bunks and lack of doors but it’s interesting to visit, primarily for the long-forgotten names etched in the corrugated steel cladding: old station hands from 1918, deer cullers from 1942 featuring.
Pool Hut is a whacky stuccoed hut from the old station days, not exactly luxurious accommodation.
Rokeby Hut is small, with emphasis on small. The canvas bunks are comfortable enough, kinda like sleeping in a hammock.
Spartan and cosy accommodation in an old converted musterers’ hut on the southern end of the St James Cycle Trail.
An historic station hut used in the old days for mustering.
A brand new hut built in 2017 to take a few of the 1000+ Te Araroa hikers now streaming over from Blue Lake via Waiau Pass.