Mt Fell Hut

Image: DOC

Introduction

This is a standard 6-bunk hut in the South Marlborough area.

Hut overview

Category

  • Category
Standard

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

  • Heating
  • Mattresses
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
6 bunk beds

About this hut

Mt Fell Hut is situated on the bushline, 1 km south of Mt Fell summit (1602 m), just below an alpine meadow. It's well worth heading up to this meadow early to watch the sunrise. It was built in 1964, and moved and tidied up in 2017. 

From the ridgeline above the hut, there are views of the Wairau Plains, Nelson/Tasman Bay, the Pelorus Valley and as far out to Wellington.

Getting there

Nearest road end to Mt Fell Hut

Te Rou Road (Timms Creek car park): 7 hr (12.8 km)

4.9 km north of Renwick, just over the Wairau River bridge, turn off SH6 onto Northbank Road. Follow this for 30.8 km then turn into Te Rou Road. Timms Creek car park is at the end of the road.

From Mt Fell Hut: The track sidles through mountain beech and tussock to where it reaches the main ridge above Timms Creek. It then descends steeply approximately 900 m to Timms Creek fork where it crosses the unbridged creek, this crossing can provide problems during wet weather. The track then follows Timms Creek, undulating to Timms Flat, a clearing ideal for picnicking and swimming. From Timms Flat travel another 2.5 km through native bush and pine plantations to the Timms Creek car park at the end of Te Rou Road.

Richmond Saddle Hut to Mt Fell Hut

Richmond Saddle Hut: 4 hr (5.2 km)

Follow the north west broad rocky ridge poled route to Mt Richmond summit. Descend down moderately steep scree faces to a col west of Johnson Peak. The track them sidles onto a ridgeline west of the hut. The hut is 10 min from a junction on the ridgeline.

Location

NZTopo50 map sheet: BQ26

Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1634730, N5410205

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.

More about hut tickets and passes

Contacts

Wairau / Renwick Office
Phone:   +64 3 572 9100
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   renwick@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Gee Street
Renwick
Marlborough 7204
Postal Address:   PO Box 51
Renwick
Marlborough 7243
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