Poet Hut, Mungo River

Poet Hut was described in one hut book as rat-infested. It was a surprise, therefore, to find a beaut four bunker on a river terrace above the Mungo River. It was repainted inside and out, with bunks rebuilt, new benches, and generally tidied up in 2015.

A copy of the original hut book from 1968 is filled with plenty of moaning about the local weather and track conditions from the New Zealand Forest Service-employed deer cullers stationed in the valley: the more things change . . .

Yeah, she’s fairly hard to get to these days. And it’s in one of the wettest areas of New Zealand. It would be damp in winter.

For additional information about access and the hut, see the Permolat Group remotehuts.co.nz website.

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category . . . standard hut

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

booking . . . not required

elevation . . . 560 m

bunks . . . 4

built . . . 1957, renovated 2015

heating . . . open fire, wood around, but may be wet

water . . . 50m walk to Mungo River

toilet . . . longdrop

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