Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson/Tasman
Sited in a grassy clearing in regenerating bush Whariwharangi Hut is the most northern Great Walk Hut on the Abel Tasman Track. Built around 1896, this historic hut was restored in 1980 and it is now available as a tramping hut.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BN25
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1597715, N5484678
- Adult (18 years and over): $32 per night
- Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required
Great walk hut pass required. Booking required all year. Book Whariwharangi Hut online.
Built around 1896, this historic hut was restored in 1980 by the Abel Tasman Park Board. They made significant modifications and it is now available as a tramping hut.
Whariwharangi Hut (built about 1896)
Originally created as a farmhouse, Whariwharangi Hut was built by John Handcock who lived in the valley with his family for 15 years.
Whariwharangi was last inhabited in 1926, but farmed until 1972. During this later period the homestead served as a stockmans hut. The farms in this northern end of the Park, although the last to be retired, eventually succumbed to the impoverished granite soils.
Historic themes are pastoralism and farming. Many farms in this area had to be abandoned, and this is a notable reminder of that era and changing land use.
Whariwharangi Hut today
The fabric is significant as it is a pleasing example of a small one and a half storey farmhouse.
A conventional timber framed one and a half storey building, rectangular in plan. The gable roof is clad in corrugated iron, and the exterior walls are weather-board. It has a full-length veranda on the front, a full-length lean-to along the rear, and two brick chimneys; windows are double hung.
The ground floor has a central passage with a bunkroom and storage room on one side and a large main room on the other. Upstairs there are two smaller bunkrooms. There are 20 bunks in total. The interior of the hut has many original features including a built-in staircase and timber wall panelling.
The hut will be maintained to protect its historic fabric and minimise deterioration. A conservation plan has been prepared to guide its management.