Manuka Hut, Hakatere Conservation Park

Image: Brian Dobbie | ©


Manuka Hut is a basic hut in the Mid and South Canterbury backcountry area.

Hut overview

Easy walk from road end

1-3 hours


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Heating
  • Mattresses
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from stream
6 bunk beds

About this hut

Getting there

From Mount Somers, follow Ashburton Gorge Road for 31 km, then Hakatere Heron Road for another 8 km. Turn right just before crossing Jacobs Stream Bridge at Castle Ridge Station. Vehicles can park on the farm track verge before the gate – be considerate of other users and farm vehicles.

It is a further 2.7 km to Lake Emily car park. This section of track may be very wet and muddy. Lake Emily car park to Manuka Hut is a 4.5 km / 1 hour 30 minutes walk/.

For mountain bike or horse access to Manuka Hut, continue past the Te Araroa junction, down the Stour River, for a further 2.5 km before turning left. Don't take mountain bikes or horses on the Te Araroa route from Lake Emily to Manuka Hut, as it's steep and easily damaged.


NZTopo50 map sheet: BX19
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1458961, N5178203



Know before you go

There is limited firewood at the hut. Do not cut down vegetation to use. 


Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 379 4082
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   28 Worcester Boulevard
Christchurch 8013
Postal Address:   Private Bag 11089
Christchurch 8013
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