Crystal Bivvy, Toaroha River

Crystal Biv is a mattress-less shelter, although it does have an air mattress with a pump. Note that it turns out to be quite an expedition to get down to the tarn, remember to take the big bucket for your water supply. Plenty of frogs in the tarn to serenade you to sleep.

One thing about routes to huts in Westland tracks, they generally take the direct A to B route, in this case straight up from the river on a series of minor ridges. Thanks to those volunteers who have taken over track maintenance to this emergency shelter.

For additional information about access and the bivvy see the Permolat Group website:

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category . . . basic hut

hut fee . . . free

elevation . . . 1070 m

bunks . . . 1, yup 1, although there is room for 2. No DOC mattress though

built . . . 1964

heating . . . none

water . . . 60 m walk to tarn.

toilet . . . none

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