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Royal Hut, providing shelter from the elements for many decades . Photo: Jingyi Tan
Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park
2 days
Royal Hut
From Mt Gerald Station, along Lilybank Road
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Royal Hut, Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park

Named after a supposed visit by Prince Charles and Princess Anne in their youth, Royal Hut is an old shepherd’s hut; basic, but well preserved and maintained and, most importantly, with loads of old school charm – a throwback to the days of traditional high country farming.

The hut is reached from Mt Gerald Station, following a series of orange markers parallel to Mt Gerald Stream. At Rex Simpson Hut, strike up the unnamed long spur, known as Snake Ridge. This is a long continuous spur that runs all the way up to Beuzenberg Peak and Stag Saddle.

On a clear day, the views from the ridge offer stunning views of Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps.

Take Bush Stream Track from the saddle, down tussock-covered slopes.

Royal Hut sits on the true right bank of Bush Stream, a welcome refuge at the end of a long day of walking.

– Jingyi Tan