Buckland Peaks Hut | Stewardship Land
Need some exercise on an overnighter? This is a slightly easier version of the Mt Brown Hut near Hokitika. The first few kilometres are traipsing along a four-wheel-drive track through fairly level country that sheep haven’t visited for a while, and the manuka is regenerating. The climbing is continual rather than super steep, and eventually, after 1000 m, you get above the tree line for some excellent views of the Tasman Sea and the coastal strip from Punakaiki to the Karamea Bluff. Well, if the weather cooperates.
Some sidling along the ridge is required before dropping 80 m down to the hut.
And it is a splendid hut with a ply-lined interior, double glazing, insulation, etc. With a view down to the Buller River and the lights of Westport way down there.
A great overnighter, even for teens.
category . . . standard hut
hut fee . . . 1 hut ticket or backcountry hut pass, free to camp
elevation . . . 1065 m
bunks . . . 6 mattresses on bunks
built . . . 2002
heating . . . none
water . . . tap over sink on the porch from 900-litre rainwater tank
toilet . . . longdrop
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