Alfred Hut | Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia/Clarence Conservation Park

Alfred Hut is seldom visited with the hut book mostly filled with DOC contract goat shooters. Graffiti on a bunk post lists many who had this vocation going back to 1966 and hints at its approximate year of construction.

A roomy four bunk hut in original condition: open fire, two louvre windows and a galvanised steel benchtop.

A large orange DOC sign, and the visible toilet indicate where the hut is once you have made your way up Gore Stream and Alfred Stream. The easy walking on gravel continues for another kilometre past the junction before the valley narrows considerably. Two tiny waterfalls require a straight forward rock scramble, but for most will offer little impediment. Towards the hut it is possible to spend time sloshing straight up the shallow stream.

It’s dramatic territory with solid rock cliffs on occasion, and the company of goats. A great Little Adventure for most.

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category . . . standard hut

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

elevation . . . 800 m

bunks . . . 4 mattresses in bunks

built . . . 1965

heating . . . open fire

water . . . Small stream 30 m

toilet . . . longdrop

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