Mikonui Flat Hut, Stewardship Land

Mikonui Flat Hut is a standard six-bunk SF 70 ex-New Zealand Forest Service hut in reasonable condition that is used by hunters who can cope with the hour’s walk to the hut.

Water requires a trek to the Tuke River with one of the large plastic containers at the hut. It has a wood burner, but firewood requires foraging.

The 18 km gravel access road crosses a few creeks and is prone to washouts, so low-to-the-ground two-wheel drives may find progress to the car park challenging. The route to the hut from the carpark is flat and straightforward, although you will get your feet wet. You cross a few tiny creeks before getting to the old locked homestead, but then also cross the Mikonui River. The river is flat and wide so that it can be crossed without concern during the usual flow.

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category . . . standard hut

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

booking . . . not required

elevation . . . 145 m

bunks . . . 6 mattresses on bunks

built . . . 1960s? has been reroofed

heating . . . wood burner

water . . . either from the buckets with water from the roof, or from the Tuke River

toilet . . . longdrop

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