A basic A-frame bivvy in the upper Minaret Burn. On DOC land but not actively maintained by DOC. The biv has a sleeping platform with room for 2-3 people, though water damage on the north side makes it better for 1-2 at present (2019). A bench and fold-down table complete the furnishings. Water is from a creek 20m away. There is no toilet (or shovel) and no mattresses.
The biv currently (2019) needs some TLC - a leaking laser-light panel on the north wall is letting water in and causing rapid deterioration of the hut structure. A new window pane is needed for the west wall - this has been boarded up in the interim but is also letting in some water. Rotten sections of bunk and flooring also need replqcing, along with a small section of bottom plate. A good project for someone ....
A tidy 4-bunk hut in a large clearing above the Opaewai/Mangawai confluence (where the river becomes Apiti Stream).
The hut is reached from the river by a track 100m up Opaewai Stream from the confluence.
An old animal study hide built in 1974 to study chamois in the area.
This is a 2 bunk bivvy adapted for its purpose with slide-open slit windows, shutters and a high bench below each. There is a small water tank (battered to near destruction by kea) and a short-drop (shovel provided) toilet. The 2 bunks have no mattresses and there is no fire. The hut is seldom visited - going 5 years at one point between the last chamois survey and the first visit (Honara and Frank) with no visitors. It is a tough place to get to, but the views of the ranges opposite are wonderful, as is the history, isolation and basic functionality of the place.
3 routes exist up from Basin Creek - up the chute (creek) below the hut. Up the avalanche path 1km east or from Chamois Creek via pt 1647. An old marked track also heads down from the biv, but becomes lost lower down.
A 6 bunk NZFS hut on the south bank of Basins Creek at the confluence with the Avoca. Creek water 50m away, and a woodburner. Busy and popular with hunters / 4WD people when the road is open but quiet and pleasant otherwise (closed from lambing through to December usually, $20 access, permission required).
A spacious 8-bunk hut under an hour from the roadend, so very busy with young families, 'youth', hunters, etc. A separate private section is locked and used by NZDA.
The hut has a woodburner and tank water, and looks out across the Oroua Valley from high on the southern valleyside.
Popular hut with tourists and those eager to try a night in a hut.. An easy 6km from the Arthurs Pass highway. Occasional trampers too on Friday nights ... for an early start to the weekend.
6 bunk NZFS hut. Woodburner, tank water, sandflies. Door and floorboards do not seal, so bring the repellent.
A standard 4-bunk forestry hut in the Kaweka Range. Situated in a tongue of beech beside a small stream, right on the bushedge - this is a sheltered but relatively high altitude hut. The hut features an enclosed woodburner and water from the stream. As with all Kaweka huts it is popular with hunters, especially during the sika roar, in April-May.
A four bunk hut (two still usable) that left DOC hands in a treaty settlement some years ago, owing to its position a few meters the wrong side of a line someone drew on a map. The hut has since deteriorated - the woodburner was removed a few years ago, and the former fireplace fell away from the hut in 2011, leaving a gaping hole. This has since been patched roughly, but the hut is barely weathertight (the roof is ok, but the walls leak) and really just an emergency shelter at this point. A sad state for what was a good functional hut in 2006.