- A trail less travelled in Tongariro
- Splendid isolation
- A frosty paradise
- Into the Alps
- Abundant birds and spectacular views
- On Christchurch’s doorstep
- Sanctuary from the city
- A lonely lake
- Kahikatea kingdom
- A Karaka of a walk
- Paddle, hike, swim
- Hot spring heaven
- Playground in the heart of the Sounds
- Top location
- Miners’ huts over Wakatipu
- Yellowhead haven
- Historical hut
- Revitalised Hut
Three Mile Stream Hut, Lake Sumner Forest Park
Ranger: Anthony Duncan, Hanmer Springs
For a weekend escape in the Lake Sumner area that avoids the crowds and traffic on the nearby Te Araroa Trail, ranger Anthony Duncan says it’s hard to beat Three Mile Stream Hut.
The seven-bunk standard hut sits on the edge of beech forest beside Three Mile Stream, between The Nelson Tops and Macs Knob (1435m).
“Not many people visit the hut,” Duncan says. However, during the roar, the hut is popular as deer come out onto the nearby flats. “Even if you’re not a hunter, it’s nice to watch the deer from the hut as they come out at night,” he says.
Winter is a particularly good time to visit. The hut has a good fire and there’s plenty of dry beech wood to make it a cosy spot to enjoy the heavy frosts that settle in the valley.
“You get thick frost flowers on the grass and the valley turns into a winter wonderland,” Duncan says.
The hut is on the Three Mile Stream Track, which can be reached via a range of routes from the Lake Sumner Road end.