Wharfedale Hut, Oxford Forest Conservation Area

Oxford is less than an hour’s drive from Christchurch, so this hut has a high number of visits, although most are from day walkers and mountain bikers.

It’s an enclosed hut with high windows and no view when seated. But with proximity to the city, and its lovely location in a clearing in beech forest, that makes it a great place to take youngsters for their first night in a hut.

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category . . . standard hut

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

elevation . . . 510 m

bunks . . . 8 mattresses on two platforms

built . . . mid-1970s

heating . . . wood burner

water . . . water from Townsend River, 100 m each way. Has bucket

toilet . . . longdrop

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