This is a basic four-bunk hut in the Southland area. This is one of the oldest musterer’s huts remaining in Southland.

Hut overview


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Heating
  • Mattresses
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from stream
4 bunk beds

About this hut


Beech Hut was built around 1905 by the owners of Fairlight Station. The hut was used by musterers in the 1920s during the autumn muster. Teams of men with dogs and horses travelled up the Mataura Valley to Beech Hut, and from there drove sheep across the steep terrain to Dog Box Hut in Eyre Creek on foot.

Beech Hut is simply constructed from beech saplings cut from the surrounding forest and driven into the ground, and is clad and roofed with corrugated iron.

Further reading

McIntyre, R. (2008) Whose high country? : a history of the South Island high country of New Zealand (Penguin Books).

Herries Beattie, J. (1979) The Southern Runs (Times Printing Service for the Gore Historical Society).

Herries Beattie, J. (1983) More about the Southern Runs (Gore District Historical Society).

Getting there

Beech Hut is accessible via Cainard Road, off SH6 at Fairlight. A 4WD track runs along the true left of the Mataura River for approximately 5 km. From there the route is unmarked and not suitable for vehicles, approximately 4 hr walking time.

The hut is visible on the true right of the Mataura River at the edge of beech forest. 


NZTopo50 map sheet: CD10 
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1242421, N4968385




Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:   +64 3 211 2400
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   7th Floor
CUE on Don
33 Don Street
Invercargill 9810
Postal Address:   PO Box 743
Invercargill 9840
Back to top