IntroductionThis is a standard 6-bunk hut in the South Marlborough area.
- Toilets - non-flush
- Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
This is part of the Te Araora Trail.
Mt Rintoul Hut (1260 m) was built in 1966 by the New Zealand Forest Service, one of many SF70 huts built in this era. It was upgraded in 1997.
On a fine day there are magnificent views from the hut, particularly over the Waimea Plains and Tasman Bay.
- Adult (18+ years): $10 per night
- Youth (5–17 years): $5 per night
- Child/Infant (0–4 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.
Tarn Hut: 5 hr (9 km)
Old Man Hut to Mt Rintoul Hut
Old Man Hut: 5 hr (4.5 km)
The track to Mt Rintoul Hut is rocky and exposed and involves some scrambling – take particular care and be prepared to wait out adverse weather.
From the head of the Old Man Hut access track, the main track climbs through bush and then above the bushline to the summit of Little Rintoul (1643 m). It then descends 250 m following poles to a low saddle before climbing steeply again to the summit of Mt Rintoul (1731 m).
Beyond Mt Rintoul’s summit the poled route traverses the ridgeline before dropping steeply down scree slopes to the bushline. From here a marked track leads to Mt Rintoul Hut.
Tracks to this hut
Alpine RouteLocated in Mount Richmond Forest ParkThis challenging trip above the bushline in Mt Richmond Forest Park offers outstanding views over the Waimea Plains and the Inland Kaikoura Ranges.2 alertsDurationDifficulty Advanced, Expert
Richmond Ranges Te Araroa routeLocated in Mount Richmond Forest ParkThe Richmond Ranges Te Araroa Track is one of the most challenging parts of Te Araroa. You need advanced backcountry tramping skills and supplies for at least ten days.4 alertsDuration 8 daysDifficulty Advanced, Expert
NZTopo50 map sheet: BR26
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1618405, N5403506