"It's all about bagging those huts, baby....!!!"
|Newest public hut in New Zealand...Rod Donald Hut on Banks Peninsula|
|How about bagging John Tait Hut in Nelson Lakes National Park?|
Hut bagging: the hobby!
Because of this profusion of huts we have a peculiar outdoor hobby in New Zealand of visiting or "bagging" as many of them as possible. There are many trampers who have visited over 400 huts and there several people close to reaching all 970+ huts. I would be surprised if anyone has visited all of the potential huts but a lot of people must be close.
|Coldwater Hut, Nelson Lakes National Park|
There is a website called Hut Bagger NZ where you can collate information about your particular bag. This can be shared with others on the site or kept personal, you should check it out if interested.
My favourite North Island Huts
|Panekire Hut high on the Lake Waikeremoana Great Walk|
|The famous view from the Panekire Bluffs, from Wilderness Magazine|
|Historic Westlawn Hut built in the 1890's|
|Ketetahi Hut on the flank of Mt Tongariro from NZ Trampers|
My favourite South Island Huts
The first hut I visited after DOC was formed was the old Hawdon Hut in Arthurs Pass. I have always loved the all wood construction and the golden varnished finish of these Lockwood Huts.
|Old Hawdon Hut, Arthurs Pass NP: cira early 1990's...my first DOC Hut|
|Interior of a DOC Lockwood Hut...this is Carrington Hut|
My two main tramping haunts are Arthur's Pass NP and Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve, I am slowly but surely walking all the tracks in both locations.
|Mt Cook from Mueller Hut III, DOC website|
Recently renovated and added to the hut booking system, this is a great location for a first overnight tramping trip. It is part of the Summit Walkway/Te Ara Pataka, an awesome first multi day tramp.
|Packhorse Hut, high above Lytelton Harbour|
|Magdalen Hut, St James Conservation Area|
|Packhorse Biv, Kaituna Pass, Banks Peninsula|
|Bark Bay Hut, Abel Tasman National Park|
|The beautiful lagoon at Bark Bay, Abel Tasman NP|
|Awapoto Hut, Inland Track, Abel Tasman NP|
A special note on walking the Te Araroa Trail
|Dracophyllum Hut in the Tararua Range is on the Te Araroa trail|
|Lagoon Saddle Hut, Craigieburn Forest Park is on the Te Araroa Trail|
|Anne Hut, St James Conservation Area is on the Te Araroa...|
|Roses Hut on the Motatapu Track is also a Te Araroa trail hut|
|Pahautea Hut, Pirongia Forest Park|
|'Rustic' Martins Hut, Longwood Forest|
When I finish section walking the TA it will have added an extra 40 odd huts to my bag. Now that is what I call an incentive to get out and do some tramping......