Burn Creek Hut | Nelson Lakes National Park

At the bottom of Burn Creek a sign states that the track has not been maintained since 1 January 1991. However, a note in the hut book from 1991 complains about the state of the track even then. Yeah, there are some ancient white NZFS permolat markers nailed to the trees, or an occasional blaze, but you are basically on your own. At least the route up Jacobs ladder, to get above the bluffs, is reasonably well marked. If you haven’t found the length of Number 8 wire getting above the bluffs may be an issue.

Many visitors come from either Nardoo or Bobs Huts, over the tops. This also is only for the energetic, and requires decent weather.

The hut has also not been maintained since that date, and really needs some love and attention. It is, nevertheless, comfortable and watertight sufficiently for an overnight or two stay. The real issue is getting water that is probably best gained from a walk up Burn Creek to the point where you can gain access. At least this is flowing, rather than just seeping through the sphagnum.

Congratulate yourself if you get to this hut as it had no visitors noted in the hut book for the entire 2018 calendar year, and also none from a four-year period from 2002 – 2006.

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category . . . basic hut

hut fee . . . free

elevation . . . 1260 m

bunks . . . 2 mattresses

built . . . November 1965

heating . . . none

water . . . 20 m to a murky trickle near the hut as marked with a pole, but better to take the billies upstream to Burn Creek for the flowing water. It’s quite an expedition.

toilet . . . none, use the shovel

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