- Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park
- 2 days
- Royal Hut
- From Mt Gerald Station, along Lilybank Road
- BX17, BY17
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