Westies Hut | Fiordland National Park
[This hut was wrongly located on the map, but this has been updated with the online version at LINZ. Old paper maps will show it in an incorrect position.]
One of the most curious huts around. Situated in a large sea cave that you could easily drive a bus through, well, if you could get a bus there. Originally built as a permanent tent, a timber accommodation annex with bunks was added. Then corrugated steel was installed over the canvas, and a decent woodburner was installed. The interior canvas has been wallpapered with Victorian-style wallpaper, although in many places you can still see the canvas behind. Has a well-stocked kitchen.
Some may find there are two major issues. The hut is in a rather damp cave, meaning the hut is relatively damp, and that rock is rather overbearing. Secondly, the interior has a considerable smell of rat about it.
For a few stories about Owen (Westie) West, read this Gerard Hindmarsh article.
category . . . basic hut, with private “caretaker”, currently Cliff McDermott
hut fee . . . free
elevation . . . 5 m
bunks . . . 1 single bed, plus four bunks in annex
built . . . 1992, annex added 1996, clad and renovated 2007
heating . . . small woodburner
water . . . tap at indoor sink from water tank from roofing up the hill
toilet . . . shortdrop!!← Waitutu Hut | Fiordland National Park Monowai Campsite, Fiordland National Park →