Bealey Spur Hut

Image: Ronnie Penny | Creative Commons

Introduction

This is a basic six-bunk hut in the North Canterbury and Arthur's Pass area. The hut has local historic significance for its role in high country sheep farming.

Hut overview

Easy walk from road end

1-3 hours

Category

  • Category
Basic/bivvies

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

  • Heating
6 bunk beds

About this hut

Heritage

Fabric

Bealey Spur Hut is a beech sapling-framed; corrugated iron-clad hut with an earth floor. It has an open fire with a flat tin chimney and there are six beds made of sacking attached to beach pole framing, taking a bed roll or air mattress is recommended.

There is no window (although there is evidence that there was once one in the south wall) and daylight to the interior is provided by a sheet of corrugated Nova light in the roof. Tank water is available and a pit toilet is nearby. The hut was painted for the first time (by persons unknown) in 1997.

The hut is attractively sited in a clearing of beech forest.

History

The hut was built by Walter Taylor and Harry Faulkner, owners of Cora Lynn Station in 1935 and used as a base for Cora Lynn’s high country muster of the "Powers Country" which grazed up to 6000 sheep. It is also known as Top Hut and in the past has been know as Musterer’s, or Top Horse Hut. Remains of corrugated iron dog kennels and the horse/sheep holding paddock fence are in the vicinity of the hut. Use of the hut for mustering ceased when the land was retired in 1978 and added to Arthur’s Pass National Park.

Fabric significance

The hut is a good example of musterer’s huts of this era.  

Historic significance

The hut has local historic significance for its role in high country sheep farming.

Future management

The historic Bealey Spur Hut is a popular destination for day trips and overnight accommodation. It will be maintained to protect its historic fabric and minimise deterioration.

Location

NZTopo50 map sheet: BV20
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1483499, N5234532

Fees

Free

Contacts

Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 318 9211
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   arthurspassvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   106 Main Westcoast Road
Arthur's Pass
Postal Address:   PO Box 51008
Arthur's Pass 7654
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