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.
The hut is reached from the north by travelling southwards from Kaweka J from the Makahu Saddle Roadend.
Studholme Saddle Hut can be reached from the south from the Mackintosh Carpark via Mackintosh Track. This is an 8 kilometre walk.
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:
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.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BJ37
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1890119, N5644410
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.
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.