Cedar Flat Hut, Toaroha River
Cedar Flat Hut is a fairly popular West Coast hut due to its proximity to the road end, it’s a half day walk, and being only a short walk to some acceptable natural hot pools. You may need to dig them out after flooding, take the hut shovel with you. The track to the pools at Wren Creek is well signposted, on the north side of the river near the swingbridge. You can fit a few people neck deep to bask in the heat, and avoid the sandflies.
The hut was recently extended and upgraded, and now has double glazed windows, insulation, a big communal table, and plenty of bench space a good introductory hut for families, or those who find the Great Walks an insufficient challenge. Note that the track in has some surprisingly gnarly moments.
Oh, there is a great collection of mature NZ cedars around, Lebocedrus bidwillii.
category . . . standard hut
hut fee . . . 1 hut ticket or backcountry hut pass, free to camp
elevation . . . 430 m
bunks . . . 12
built . . . 1968, extended and renovated 2012
heating . . . wood burner, firewood from river bank
water . . . tap above sink on verandah, from 2 × 1000 litre rainwater tanks
toilet . . . longdrop, shared with adjacent Cedar Flat Historic Hut← Cedar Flat Historic Hut, Toaroha River Ces Clarke Hut | Paparoa Track Great Walk →