Mt Fell 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.
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: 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.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BQ26
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1634730, N5410205
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.