About the Deerstalkers Mid Greenstone Hut
The Mid Greenstone Hut was previously a DOC hut but in 2004 a bigger DOC hut was built on the site of the old Sly Burn Hut and this 'newer' DOC hut is confusingly called the Greenstone hut. It is about 1 hour to this hut from the Deerstalkers hut.
The hut was built circ.1980 but in October 2023, the NZDA members invested in double glazing and some improvements to the hut.
Facilities in the Mid Greenstone Hut
Cost to stay in the huts
PLUS a $50 refundable key deposit.
(Your fees are much appreciated as the money goes into hut maintenance and general supplies for the hut.)
Booking the Huts
1. Check availability on the online calendar. (See below)
2. Complete the online booking form. You will need to complete this twice if staying at both huts.
3. You will receive and automatic confirmation in an email - please check your spam folder.
4. Once booked, it is a good idea to download any maps and directions to the hut if you are unfamiliar with the area as there is no cell coverage in the valley.
Once you are Booked
If you are hunting or fishing, it is your responsibility to obtain the correct permits.
Security keys are kept at a sports shop in central Queenstown “Small Planet in Shotover Street“.
They are open every day: 7 days a week 9am – 6pm*, and stock a great selection of outdoor gear and dried food if you have forgotten anything.
The team at Small Planet kindly hold the keys and take payment on behalf of the club. You only need to pay when you collect the keys. PLEASE pay in exact cash as there are no EFTPOS or credit card facilities. Ideally bring the $50 key deposit in exact cash too as it is just held in an envelope until you return the key.
You only need to pay for the nights you stay at the hut however we realize you may need to collect keys in advance while staying in another hut along the way. We have a number of keys cut for this reason.
(*The only exception to these opening hours is 25th Dec (Christmas Day) and 25th April (Anzac day) when it is best to check by phoning them in advance Ph +64 (03) 442 6393 )
Time Lapse Video from the hut - credit Nick Haprov
Finding the Mid Greenstone Hut
The Mid Greenstone NZDA Hut is tucked away beside bush line not far from the Ultimate Hikes Guided Walks Lodge.
After literally a few metres from crossing the swing bridge at Steele Creek, there is an old track that goes uphill on the left. Take this track. It is not signposted but follows a stoat trap line. A little way along this track, the orange track markers on the trees will appear (as it is the old Greenstone Track) and after around 15 minutes will take you all the way to the hut. There are also some old white/red permolat markers on trees. These are especially helpful where slips have washed over the track.
Directions from the Glenorchy side
Head up the gully to the right from this pole, cross the dried up stream. There is no obvious path at this point. Just head towards the trees and then you should see the uphill path and/or markers on the trees. The path is marked with the odd tin can lid on a tree and orange markers on the trees, climbing up quite steep at first with a tiny switch back. Keep on the edge of the tree line and follow a track to get to the hut. The last bit is all uphill but it should only take 20 mins from where you turned off the main track at the orange pole.
If you do miss the orange marker and the gully to walk up, the main track heads nearer the river, so look back and to the right and you can see the hut up the hill on the edge of the trees. Failing that, if you get to the Ultimate Hikes Guided Walks lodge, you are in Steele Creek and gone too far. See directions above to take from Steele Creek to the hut.