Wairaurahiri Hut | near Fiordland National Park

Perched close to the substantial Wairaurahiri River that flows out of Lake Hauroko. Interestingly one side of the river was logged, the other side not, and it is a major contrast in vegetation. The track from Port Craig Schoolhouse Hut is on an old railway line and is easy walking for much of the way, plus having four major historic viaducts to check out.

Worth the walk on the good track down to the river mouth. Some may prefer to stay at the more luxurious Waitutu Lodge on the river’s other side with people jet boating down from Lake Hauroko for a night or two.

North facing and pretty well appointed overall.

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category . . . standard hut

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

elevation . . . 10 m

bunks . . . 12 on four platforms

built . . . 1974

heating . . . woodburner

water . . . tap at indoor sink from rainwater tank

toilet . . . longdrop

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