Locke Stream Hut
Image: Dave Quested | ©
The radio has been permanently removed.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BU21
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1504246, N5267415
Before you go, buy 1 Standard Hut Ticket (blue for adults, yellow for youth) for each night's stay. Put this in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass that gives unlimited use at most Standard and Serviced huts for a 6 or 12-month period.
Built with Department of Internal Affairs funding when the Taramakau-Harper Pass – Lake Sumner route was developed as part of a Government programme encouraging physical fitness. It has been in regular use by trampers and hunters ever since.
Historic Locke Stream Hut is a relic of the Government’s 1939s fitness programme, in quite original condition.
A timber and iron hut with bunks, fireplace, etc. A notable feature is the floor of adzed timber originally cut from the surrounding forest. Windows, cladding, chimney and fireplace were renewed in 1993, and a removable verandah was added.
Locke Stream Hut is set in a small clearing in the Taramakau Valley forest.
Construction is of interest, particularly the unusual floor.
Taramakau Valley, Arthur's Pass National Park, DOC West Coast
The hut will continue to be used for recreation via the Harper Pass route. Major maintenance was carried out in 1993 in accordance with a conservation plan (Paul Mahoney, 1992) with the objective of retaining the hut’s original character.
Regular maintenance work has been carried out by the local DOC office. The hut will continue to be maintained to protect its historic fabric and minimise deterioration.