Stafford Hut

Image: Sarah Wilcox | Creative Commons


This is a standard six-bunk hut in the South Westland area.

Hut overview


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Heating
  • Mattresses
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
6 bunk beds

About this hut


In 1875 there was a major attempt to move settlers into the area. At that time 12 families lived on the banks of the Smoothwater River. Two years later all the families had moved on, driven away by wet weather, swampy soil, big rivers and the lack of a wharf.

In 1972 the site was a deer-hunting base and the Stafford Hut was flown in. Carcasses were stored in a freezer beside the hut and flown out regularly by helicopter.


NZTopo50 map sheet: BY10
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1242801, N5118901


  • Adult (18+ years): $5 per night
  • Youth (11 – 17 years): $2.50 per night
  • Child/Infant (0 – 10 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.

More about hut tickets and passes

Know before you go

Waterways on the West Coast rise and fall very quickly and you are advised not to attempt crossing any waterway in heavy rain. Wait until water levels drop before proceeding.


Awarua / Haast Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 750 0809
Fax:   -
Address:   Haast Junction
Corner SH6 and Jackson Bay Road
South Westland
Postal Address:   PO Box 50
Haast 7844
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