Monowai Hut, Fiordland National Park

Sited on a bank above the lake with great views to the south of the lake and mountains beyond. That’s all positive.

Like many huts accessed by boat, the majority of visitors come that way as it’s only 40 minutes from the boat ramp. So, the hut has been poorly treated and could do with some DOC love. It has been re-lined to suggest insulation to the walls.

But it has a damp and shaded location, with sandflies an issue for much of the year.

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category . . . standard hut

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

elevation . . . 195 m

bunks . . . 12 bunks, on two sleeping platforms

built . . . early 1970s

heating . . . wood burner

water . . . tap above inside sink from 500-litre rainwater tank

toilet . . . longdrop

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