Rodger Inlet Hut, Fiordland National Park

Roger Inlet Hut is a cosy, six-bunk hut with double-glazed windows and a large woodburner. Views of the lake and the hills beyond, if it’s not raining or obscured by clouds of sandflies. Opening windows have fly screens.

A lovely, if somewhat demanding, walk-in from the Monowai Campsite car park, although a good proportion of visitors prefer motorised transportation via the lake. The track starts easily enough, but the last third is slower with bogs, steep slopes, and treefalls encountered.

The new hut is sited in a clearing by a stream that seems intent on occupying the same real estate, with the rock cage built for protection being undermined.

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category . . . standard hut

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

elevation . . . 200 m

bunks . . . 6

built . . . 2009

heating . . . wood burner

water . . . exterior tap from 500-litre rainwater tank

toilet . . . longdrop

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