Clark Hut (historic), Fiordland National Park

Clark Hut was built in 1941 for hunters from local beach sapling framing, pit-sawn beech vertical boards, and corrugated steel roofing. In the early days, one hunter shot 800 deer over the summer from this hut.

It’s still in original condition, and old cotton-covered mattresses are provided. Open fire. Seems to be flooded on occasions, and trenches have been dug to drain the water from around the immediate hut exterior.

DOC has just re-marked the access track from the newer A frame version, but the track shown on the LINZ maps across the swamp appears to have had its markers removed. A trip back to the past.

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category . . . basic hut

hut fee . . . free

elevation . . . 415 m

bunks . . . 4, with old-style cotton covered mattresses

built . . . 1941

heating . . . open fireplace

water . . . from stream 10 m

toilet . . . longdrop

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