Martin's Hut
Image: Sandro Koster | Creative Commons

Introduction

This is a basic four-bunk hut in the Southland area. It is a gold-mining era hut built in 1905.

Hut overview

Category

Basic/bivvies

Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

  • Heating
4 bunk beds

About this hut

Heritage

Martin’s Hut was built in 1905 by Fred Mason to house a water race maintenance worker. Racemen were employed by mining companies to maintain the race and ensure a steady supply of water for mining operations.

These men often lived by themselves in isolated environments. They faced an ongoing battle to clear fallen trees and branches, and to repair flood damage. Martin’s Hut is one of three gold mining era huts remaining on public conservation land in Southland. Get more information on gold mining and Martin's Race.

Further reading

Hall-Jones, J. (1982) Goldfields of the South (Craig Printing Co.).

Petchey, P. (1999) Longwoods Archaeological Survey: Port’s Water Race, Martin’s Water Race, Berndtson’s Water Race (Unpublished Report for the Department of Conservation).

Getting there

Access is by unmarked route off the Cascade Road. It is possible to walk between Martin’s and Turnbull’s huts, and from there to Round Hill with good route finding skills.

Location

NZTopo50 map sheet: CG08
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates :E1203899, N4864030

Fees

Free

Know before you go

For your safety during March and April, the 'roar' (deer hunting season), you should wear hi-viz clothing and pack covers when tramping in the area.

Contacts

Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:   +64 3 211 2400
Email:   invercargill@doc.govt.nz
Address:   7th Floor
CUE on Don
33 Don Street
Invercargill 9810
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