About the Deerstalkers Upper Caples Hut
The Upper Caples Hut was previously a DOC hut but a newer and bigger DOC hut was built lower down in the valley (Now Mid Caples Hut) and the opportunity in 2014 to manage the hut was offered to the Deerstalkers; we have managed and maintained it ever since.
The Upper Caples Hut was built circ.1980 and sleeps 16 people on 4 x platform (Maori style) bunks and is around a 4-5 hour walk from the car park at the Glenorchy end.
Facilities in the Upper Caples 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 )
Finding the Upper Caples Hut
So with a heavy pack, it’s approximately 3 hours to the mid Caples Hut, then another 2 hours to the Upper Caples Hut.
From the Mid Caples Hut the track crosses large grass clearings and after about an hour you will get onto a consistent bush track. While in the bush you will eventually notice you are following along beside a large grass clearing for a couple of kms.
At the end of the clearing the track heads further away (to the left) from the clearing and starts to go uphill. The path is obviously newish – lots of rocks blasted away and not yet completely covered by leaves and moss but it is slowly blending in. About 10 – 15 minutes up this steady hill look for the obvious DOC sign on your left saying “Caples Track”. Directly opposite down to your right below and beyond the trees (about 200m away) you can see the hut in a grass clearing.
If you miss this and walk to the Kay Creek turnoff – you have gone too far
Coming from the McKellar Saddle
You will pass a track on your left that goes to the Fraser and Kay Creek swing bridge, and about 5 mins after this you will come to a DOC Caples Track signpost. From this direction the DOC Caples Track signpost is on your right. In the trees behind it is also a signpost for Steele Creek Track. Look for the hut down in the clearing to your left.