Balloon Hut | Kahurangi National Park

The Balloon Hut area of the Tablelands has a long history of occupation by Europeans, first the gold miners, then shepherds, and now by trampers. The first hut was built in 1909. This version was constructed in 1963, but was altered in 1995 when the bunk configuration was created, the large verandahs added, etc. Recently the gas heating was replaced by a standard DOC woodburner by the Waimea Tramping Club.

Although the views from the hut site are limited, during the walk over to Lake Peel they are extensive, both into the heart of Kahurangi National Park, and east to the Back of Mt Arthur, the Richmond Range, and down into the Cobb Valley.

+++++horizontal rule+++++

category . . . serviced hut

booking . . . not required, first come gets the best bunks basis

hut fee . . . 1 Serviced Hut Ticket (green) or 1 Serviced Youth Hut Ticket (red). Adult (18+ years): $25 per night, Youth (5–17 years): $12.50 per night, or backcountry hut pass. Free to camp

elevation . . . 1260 m

bunks . . . 14 mattresses

built . . . 1963, renovated and verandah 1995, wood burner and woodshed 2016

heating . . . woodburner, woodshed with wood supplied

cooking . . . the gas stove has been removed. Bring your own cooker.

water . . . tap above exterior sink on verandah, from 3200-litre rainwater tank

toilet . . . longdrop with hand flush

← Asbestos Cottage | Kahurangi National Park Belltown Manunui Hut | Kahurangi National Park →