Whariwharangi Hut

Image: Chris Louth | Creative Commons

Introduction

Sited in a grassy clearing in regenerating bush Whariwharangi Hut is the most northern Great Walk Hut on the Abel Tasman Track. Built around 1896, this historic hut was restored in 1980 and it is now available as a tramping hut.

Hut overview

Category

  • Category
Great Walk

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings required

Facilities

  • Heating
  • Mattresses
20 bunk beds

About this hut

Huts on the Abel Tasman Coast Track don't have gas cooking facilities and lighting. Remember to take a portable stove and fuel, and candles with you.

Location

NZTopo50 map sheet: BN25
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1597715, N5484678

Fees

In the peak season 1 October - 30 April:

New Zealand citizens and those ordinarily resident in New Zealand*:

  • Adult (18+ years): $38 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

International visitors:

  • Adult (18+ years): $75 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): $75 per person, per night

In the off-peak season 1 May - 30 September:

  • Adult (18+ years): $32 per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

* New Zealand rates:

  • "Ordinarily resident in New Zealand" means those:
    • who hold a residence class, student or work visa; and
    • who have lived in New Zealand for six of the previous 12 months; and
    • for whom New Zealand is their primary place of established residence.
  • Proof of eligibility will be required for the New Zealand rate - see acceptable eligibility proof.

Bookings

Book online or contact Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre for more information.

 

Heritage

Built around 1896, this historic hut was restored in 1980 by the Abel Tasman Park Board. They made significant modifications and it is now available as a tramping hut.

Originally created as a farmhouse, Whariwharangi Hut was built by John Handcock who lived in the valley with his family for 15 years.

Whariwharangi was last inhabited in 1926, but farmed until 1972. During this later period the homestead served as a stockmans hut. The farms in this northern end of the Park, although the last to be retired, eventually succumbed to the impoverished granite soils.

Historic themes are pastoralism and farming. Many farms in this area had to be abandoned, and this is a notable reminder of that era and changing land use.

Fabric

The fabric is significant as it is a pleasing example of a small one and a half storey farmhouse.

A conventional timber framed one and a half storey building, rectangular in plan. The gable roof is clad in corrugated iron, and the exterior walls are weather-board. It has a full-length veranda on the front, a full-length lean-to along the rear, and two brick chimneys; windows are double hung.

The ground floor has a central passage with a bunkroom and storage room on one side and a large main room on the other. Upstairs there are two smaller bunkrooms. There are 20 bunks in total. The interior of the hut has many original features including a built-in staircase and timber wall panelling.

Conservation

The hut will be maintained to protect its historic fabric and minimise deterioration. A conservation plan has been prepared to guide its management.

Contacts

Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
Motueka i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
Phone:   +64 3 528 6543
Email:   info@motuekaisite.co.nz
Address:   20 Wallace Street
Motueka 7120
Postal Address:  
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