Flanagans Hut | Kahurangi National Park

Despite the 3—4 hour indications of signage at either end of the Baton River, many will find this hopelessly inadequate. There are eight river crossings of the Baton River, 4 chains to drag yourself up greasy rock slopes, some red beech overgrowth, and occasional windfalls to negotiate. Allow 5—6 hours from the road to the hut.

And Baton Saddle from the Leslie River side is a steep 1000 m climb, with some stinging nettle patches to negotiate. Best to be prepared with leather gloves and full cover to exposed skin. Also, watch out for the speargrass on the Flanagan side of the saddle.

A great character hut that doesn’t get as much use as it should.

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category . . . standard hut

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

booking . . . not required

elevation . . . 950 m

bunks . . . 8 mattresses on two sleeping platforms

built . . . 1986, built by Motueka Tramping Club with assistance from NZFS

heating . . . wood burner

water . . . 30 m to Baton River, each way

toilet . . . longdrop

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