Introduction

Studholme Saddle Hut is located on the western side of the main Kaweka Range, south of Kaweka J.

Hut overview

Category

  • Category
Standard

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

  • Heating
  • Mattresses
4 bunk beds

About this hut

  • Open fireplace for cooking
  • Bench top
  • Axe, shovel and broom
  • Long drop style toilet
  • Table and seating
  • Stream water supply
  • Meat safe

Studholme Saddle Hut is located on the western side of the main Kaweka Range, south of Kaweka J.

Studholme Saddle Hut was built in 1969 by the New Zealand Forest Service. It is 1320 metres in altitude situated at the head of a tributary of Kiwi Creek and is surrounded by beech forest. The area is subject to strong winds and adverse weather conditions common to high altitude sites.

Getting there

Walking

Makahu Saddle Carpark (3 hr)

The hut is reached from the north by travelling southwards from Kaweka J from the Makahu Saddle Roadend.

Mackintosh Carpark (5 – 6 hr)

Studholme Saddle Hut can be reached from the south from the Mackintosh Carpark via Mackintosh Track. This is an 8 kilometre walk.

Other Routes:

  • Cameron Carpark via Kiwi Saddle Hut (7 – 7.5 hours; 15 kilometres)
  • Lakes Carpark over the Rogue Ridge route (3 – 4 hours). Look out for the turn off to the bivouac. For experienced trampers only.

Tramping

Studholme Saddle Hut is ideally located for a weekend or the start of an extended tramp. There are many options available to travel in any direction:

  • From the hut, head over to Manson Country in the west via Back Ridge and Rocks Ahead Huts.
  • Or head north along the Kaweka Ridge to Whetu (1650 metres) and onwards to Middle Hill or Makino Huts.
  • Head east via Kaweka J and down to Makahu Saddle Hut at the Makahu Saddle Roadend.

Trampers are reminded that a number of the tracks in and out of the Kaweka Ridge or Back Ridge areas are via poled routes traversing open Kaweka sub-alpine tops between 1300 –  1700 metres altitude – caution may be required during adverse weather conditions. Wind speeds exceeding 180 kmh are not uncommon over the main tops, along with extremely cold conditions at any time of the year.

Location

NZTopo50 map sheet: BJ37
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1890119, N5644410

Fees

  • Adult (18+ years): $5 per night
  • Youth (11 - 17 years): $2.50 per night
  • Child/Infant (0 - 10 years): free

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.

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Know before you go

Communication

Excellent coverage with HF / Mountain Safety radios is available at the hut site. Cell phone service (analogue) can usually be received from the ridge top.

Contacts

Ahuriri / Napier Office
Phone:   +64 6 834 3111
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   napier@doc.govt.nz
Address:   59 Marine Parade
Napier 4110
Postal Address:   PO Box 644
Napier 4140
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