View of Kōhanga Atawhai – Manson Nicholls Hut from the jetty

Image: Cam Jones (DOC) | DOC

Introduction

This is a 20-bunk hut in the Greymouth area. It sits on the edge of Lake Daniell.

Hut overview

Easy walk from road end

1-3 hours

Category

  • Category
Serviced

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

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

About this hut

Kōhanga Atawhai – Manson Nicholls Hut sits on the edge of Lake Daniell. You can swim in the shallow lake in the summer or fish for trout.

Facilities

  • Bunks in 2 bunkrooms 
  • Water source – cold water from rain collection tank
  • Heating – wood burner with coal provided in the winter
  • Space for camping outside the hut. Camping is also possible a little further around the lake in the open forest.
  • Dedicated fire pits at the hut. Fires are not allowed outside these fire pits.
  • Jetty
Huts have basic facilities. You'll need to take:
  • Sleeping bag
  • Cooking stove, pots/pans and utensils
  • Toilet paper
  • Rubbish bag
  • Newspaper/firelighters and matches/lighter for the wood burner/fire
  • Torch

Heritage

The original hut on this site, Manson-Nicholls Memorial Hut, was constructed in 1976 by members of the Christchurch Tramping Club and The Lake Daniell's Fishing Club in memory of three young trampers who lost their lives nearby in 1974. Brian and Sharon Manson and Phillip Nicholls were killed by a landslide while they sheltered from appalling weather in the old Lake Daniell Fishing Club Hut which was located on the opposite side of the lake.

The current hut was designed and built especially for families and school groups using innovative, sustainable building techniques. It was completed in March 2020.

Getting there

Time from nearest road end
  • SH7, 5 km east of Springs Junction: 3 hr on Lake Daniell Track

Location

Topo50 map sheet: BT23
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1541459, N5316142

Fees

Hut fees
  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Youth (11 - 17 years): $7.50 per night
  • Child/Infant (0 - 10 years): free

Before you go, buy 1 Serviced Hut Ticket (green for adults, orange for youth) or 3 Standard Hut Tickets (blue for adults, yellow for youth) for each night's stay. Put these in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass for unlimited use at most Serviced and Standard huts for a 6 or 12 month period.

Fees to camp at the hut
  • 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 for unlimited use at most Serviced and Standard huts for a 6 or 12 month period.

Read more about hut tickets and passes 

Contacts

Reefton i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
Phone:   +64 3 732 8391
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   rvcinfo@xtra.co.nz
Address:   67–69 Broadway
Reefton
Postal Address:   PO Box 100
Reefton 7851
Māwhera / Greymouth Office
Phone:   +64 3 768 0427
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   greymouth@doc.govt.nz
Address:   17 High Street
Greymouth 7805
Postal Address:   PO Box 370
Greymouth 7840
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