Wainui Hut | Abel Tasman National Park

Wainui Hut is an old New Zealand Forest Service hut with an open fireplace, etc, just like in the olden days. There are at least 150 similar structures scattered around the South Island backcountry so it might feel somewhat familiar.

There is no internal wall lining or insulation so it ain’t the warmest accommodation you will find around due to the shade for much of the year, the chimney from the open fireplace adds to the ventilation.

A large aviary been built adjacent, well, across the clearing, for acclimatising the endangered birds, kaka and kakariki, prior to release. There is a bird feeding platform to encourage them to stick around in the area rather than flying home.

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category . . . standard hut

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

elevation . . . 710 m

bunks . . . 4

built . . . 1960s

heating . . . open fire

water . . . bucket and 20 m walk to Wainui River

toilet . . . longdrop

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