Top Misery Hut, Leatham Conservation Area

Not sure about the sense of humour of the New Zealand Forest Service employees who named this stream, but it is surprising when you actually venture up the valley, it is as delightful a walk as you could wish for. A short area of conifer forest at the bottom, and 100 m of river flat with plenty of tutu, but once past Little Misery Stream the conifers are no longer in close proximity, and there are some excellent views.

This is a big four bunk hut, with a decent porch that holds the water tank. 360° views of the basin from the hut. A surprisingly cruisy place to visit as long as you come by the track, rather than one of those rugged mountain passes.

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category . . . standard hut

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

elevation . . . 1130 m

bunks . . . 4 mattresses in bunks

built . . . 1959

heating . . . wood burner

water . . . tap from rainwater tank in porch, or stream 50 m each way

toilet . . . longdrop

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