Hokitika District, South Island, NZ
Acrylic on Canvas
405 x 510mm unframed size
$650.00 with white frame
This is a basic four-bunk hut in the Hokitika area. Located on the Whitcombe Pass Route, this hut provides a historic link with the area’s early deer culling days.
Hut Overview Category: Basic/bivvies
Bookings: Bookings not required – first come, first served. 4 bunk beds
Tracks to the Hut Whitcombe Pass Track: located in Kokatahi River – Whitcombe River area. The Whitcombe Pass Track takes you through the very rugged bush clad valleys of the lower Hokitika and Whitcombe Rivers to the Main Divide.
History: The oldest part of the hut was probably built in 1908. It was either refurbished or completely rebuilt in the late 1940s for the first Westland deer culling operation. The concrete floor dates from 1957. The hut was upgraded by the New Zealand Forest Service in 1983. It is a faithfully preserved link with early deer culling days.
Fabric: A slab hut with hand-hewn frame, iron roof and concrete floor. The hut is situated in a small flat between two deep, forested gorges, 5km from the Great Divide and 13km from a major pass. The hut has some unusual construction features, particularly the framing.
Future management: To be used for recreation purposes on the Whitcombe Pass route. A conservation plan is in progress to guide the management of the hut. It will contain more information regarding its management.