Coppermine Creek Hut | Haast Paringa Cattle Trail

One of those huts that almost suffers from being accessible by four-wheel-drive, but the difficulty of access, Coppermine Creek and Waita River need to be crossed a few times if in a vehicle, precludes many potential visits.

The DOC track to the road has not been cut/marked for some years, and has some frustrating sections where decades of cattle hoofs in boggy ground have made tramping with a pack a pain. If the river is down it is certainly easier to bash down the river gravels, crossing as required. Staying on the “marked” track leads, at times, through prickly gorse forests, and those potentially ankle breaking bogs.

Memorable due to the hordes of mosquitoes that seem to find some way into the hut. Expert tip: bring your own mozzie coils, or even a can of fly spray.

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category . . . standard hut

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

booking . . . not required

elevation . . . 50 m

bunks . . . 8 mattresses in bunks

built . . . 1980

heating . . . firebox, collect own firewood

water . . . tap above sink from 900 litre rainwater tank

toilet . . . longdrop

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