Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
Easy 3 hours 10.8 km return walk to a charming 3 bunk hut. Access road is not suitable for campervans.
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Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
The track starts here at the head of the Cobb Reservoir, close to Trilobite Hut.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
The Cobb River snakes its way down the valley - sometimes close to the track - sometimes further away.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
It's the week before Xmas and the Bulbinella (those yellow flowers) are in bloom.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
This walk alternates between open grassy river flats and beautiful mossy beech forest.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
There's no easy way around this puddle so we get wet boots here - though, luckily thanks to having waterproof boots, we don't get wet socks.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
The Buttercup is in bloom too.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
Myttons Creek.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
On the up-the-valley side of Myttons Creek, a small track is worn in the long grass. It leads us upstream a few metres to this view.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
There it is... Chaffey Hut.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
Built by NZ Forest Service ranger Jack McBurney in 1953, Chaffey Hut fell into disrepair and by 1994 it was becoming derelict. The Golden Bay Deer Stalkers restored the hut in 2012.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
Accommodation is basic. The hut's timber cladding was made in the traditional fashion and the gaps in the walls ensure more than adequate ventilation.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
The fireplace has been restored to its original design, which is rather ineffective. The framed information panel on the wall tells the interesting story of this hut and its restoration.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
Kitchen / Dining facilities.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
Sleeping accommodation. If we were staying the night, we could bring the mattress in from by the front door and sleep a third person on the floor by the rather inadequate fire. This might be a lot warmer than sleeping by the door but the floor has been restored to its original rather steep slope, making the floor an uncomfortable place to sleep.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
Bookings for overnight stays are not required and bunks are available on a first come first served basis. Donations to Golden Bay Deerstalkers, for this hut's maintenance, can be placed in the container provided or we can bank transfer the money later.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
The firewood shed.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
At night under a full moon, Chaffey Hut is possibly one of the most photogenic huts we'll ever find. This photo clearly shows the gaps in the wall cladding, which ensure adequate ventilation at all times.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
The water supply is the Cobb River.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
We fill our water bottles here for the return journey.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
Heading back, the general trend of the walk is gently downhill.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
One of the remarkable things about beech forest such as this is the gorgeous green-blue colour of some of the wood lying on the forest floor. This colour is caused by staining from Chlorociboria, the Green Stain Fungus.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

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Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
A small side track leads down to this rocky beach on the riverside.

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
Only a few minutes to go now...

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park

Chaffey Hut, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

CHAFFEY HUT - Kahurangi National Park
...And here we are back at the carpark.