Bottom Misery Hut, Leatham Conservation Area

Sited on a knoll overlooking the junction of Branch River and sizeable Misery Stream, with a great view north down the valley.

Has recently been tidied up with new bunks, woodburner, verandah, larger aluminium framed windows and door, and repainted both inside and out.

If everyone who visited pulled out 50 conifer seedlings, we might not do much in the frightening scheme of things with conifers appear to be taking over, but the clearing and river flats might be devoid of trees for a while. There is an enormous task to get rid of conifers in this corner of Marlborough.

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category . . . standard hut

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

elevation . . . 800 m

bunks . . . 6 mattresses in bunks

built . . . 1958

heating . . . wood burner

water . . . from river 60 m each way. Has choice of big buckets

toilet . . . longdrop

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