Mid Caples Hut
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member StagsRoar
S 44° 53.506 E 168° 16.385
59G E 284672 N 5025454
Quick Description: Located in the Caples Valley - part of the Wakatipu Conservation Area. Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet CB09, E1226760, N5018213
Location: South Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 1/2/2006 7:12:39 PM
Waymark Code: WM5JN
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member StagsRoar
Views: 50

Long Description:

This Hut is sited in the Caples Valley only 2 - 3 hours easy walk up the Caples valley from the Greenstone Road end. To access the Greenstone Road end involves a 90 km drive from Queenstown up to Glenorchy , then to Kinloch, then down the west side of the lake to the road end. From the Car Park here the walk into the valley can be done by torch light as I have done, due the track being so well established. The only possible variable being if there has been heavy rainfall making side creeks swell up but the rain to do this will have needed to be quite excessive. The hike up the valley firstly involves following the Greenstone River up for a short while then while staying on the true left of the river at it's junction with the Caples River following it up until you get to the swing bridge in front of the hut some 2 or 3 hours out from starting. The Mid-Caples Hut is a 16 bunk hut that is serviced by the Department of Conservation but you will need your own gas cooking gear. The river is a Fly Fishing only river during the season and 'Catch & Release' is encouraged. The track on from the hut carrys on to the Upper Caples Hut some 2 1/2 hours further on. Giardia precautions are a must if taking drinking water from this river. http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-stay/backcountry-huts-by-region/otago/queenstown-wakatipu/mid-caples-hut/
Type of shelter: hut

Stay overnight: Yes

Sleeps How Many: 16

Reservation required: No

Cost: $10-$30

Available Year Round: Yes

Enclosed: Enclosed

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