State Highway 73 Arthur's Pass
Puketeraki Forest Conservation Area, Canterbury
This is a standard six-bunk hut in the North Canterbury and Arthur’s Pass area.
Access is from Lees Valley Road, about 10 km in from the start of the valley (from Ashley Gorge). A sign indicates the vehicle track on the left of Lees Valley Road. This marked track is generally negotiable with two or four wheel drive vehicles, and travels for about 3.5 km across the valley to a locked gate and car park.
There is foot access only from the locked gate.
From the locked gate at the car park access to Youngman Stream Hut is via a marked track along the true right of the Ashley River.
For about an hour follow a 4WD track through pastureland, crossing the Lillburn River until the cattle yards and marked route to Tent Gully.
Approximately 1 km after Tent Gully, the track leaves the beech forest becoming a marked route, sidling high through tussock, scrub and patches of beech before re-entering the forest and descending to ford the Ashley River about 100 m from Youngman Stream Hut.
Alternatively the Ashley River can be followed from Tent Gully to Youngman Stream if the river levels are low.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BV22
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1533413, N5235970
- 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.
Bookings not required – first come, first served