Riordans Hut

Image: Bev Bacon | DOC

Introduction

This is a basic 3-bunk hut in the Golden Bay area.

Hut overview

Category

  • Category
Basic/bivvies

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

  • Heating
  • Mattresses
3 bunk beds

About this hut

Heritage

Riordans Hut was built in 1926 by brothers Laurie and Fred Riordan as a musterers hut. The Riordans ran 2000 wethers in the area before grazing ceased in the late 1950s.

The original hut was the gable roofed structure. It was built from native cedar and totara framing and clad wtih slabs split with a broad axe. The lean-to-annex was added in the late 1940s, built from sawn 8x1 beech, bought in by packhorse from Uruwhenua.

The hut was used in the 1930s Depression as a stop-off and storage depot when 40 gold miners lived in Waingaro Forks.

The hut was renovated in 2003.

Getting there

Nearest road end and hut

Location

NZTopo50 map sheet: BP24
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1578383, N5456162

Fees

Free

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
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