#24 – 10th August 2013
Kirwans Hut is located in the Victoria Forest Park on the West Coast of the South Island near Reefton. It’s a brilliantly warm hut with its double glazing and coal fire. It holds 12 people on platform sleeping areas and has a good sized living area and a cracker view out the window.
It’s located in a grassey clearing that has spectacular and expansive views, on a good day you can even see Mt Cook from here, its incredibly beautiful. The hut is reached via the Kirwan’s Track, which is a shared use track, so you could access this hut by bike too if you wanted to. You can also make this trip into a loop trip lasting 2-3 days by exiting via the Waitahu Track.
The area is rich with historic relics from the Reefton Mine that operated in the bush here from 1898 – 1906, such as the cableway which is quite cool, the old Lord Brassey stamper battery which was restored by DOC not so long ago in 2010, and various other interesting bits and pieces.
I visited this hut on my first of a handful of trips that I partook with the Christchurch Tramping Club, they do this trip every year I believe, and its not hard to see why.