Top Croesus Hut, Paparoa National Park

Image: Ray Salisbury | ©

Introduction

Historic Croesus Top Hut was likely to have been built during the 1930s depression, and was probably first used by miners. From the hut you'll enjoy views of the Grey Valley and the Great Divide.

Hut overview

Category

  • Category
Basic/bivvies

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

  • Heating
  • Toilets - non-flush
3 bunk beds

About this hut

Croesus Top Hut stands beside the Croesus Track, a short distance below Ces Clark Hut. It is a must visit hut while walking the Croesus Track. You can enjoy views of the Grey Valley and the Great Divide.

Location

Creosus Top Hut.
Croesus Top Hut

Topo50 map sheet: BT19
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1467429, N5316392

Fees

Free

Heritage

Inside the Croesus Top Hut. Photo: DOC Jaimee Fenemor.
Inside the Croesus Top Hut

The hut was likely to have been built during the 1930s depression when gold prospectors worked on the Paparoa Tops, however there could have been an earlier hut on the site. The hut has corrugated iron cladding and is timber lined. Inside the hut are a table, three sacking bunks and an open fireplace.

The hut will continue to be maintained by DOC to protect the historic fabric and overall minimise deterioration. A conservation plan has been prepared to guide its management (Les Wright, June 1998). A hard copy of this plan is available at the Greymouth - Mawheranui DOC Area Office.

Croesus Top Hut is presently open for use by visitors when Ces Clark Hut is full.

DOC restored the Top Hut in 1999 as the hut was to the point of near collapse.

Contacts

Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 731 1895
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   paparoavc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   4294 Coast Road
Punakaiki
RD 1
Runanga 7873
Postal Address:   4294 Coast Road
Punakaiki
RD 1
Runanga 7873
Reefton i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
Phone:   +64 3 732 8391
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   reefton@i-site.org
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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