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McIntosh Huts, Whakaari Conservation Area

Photo: Lauren Buchholz
Whakaari Conservation Area
McIntosh hut (basic, four bunks)
From signposted car park on the south side of the Buckler Burn 2km south of Glenorchy. A self-guided track booklet can be purchased at the Glenorchy visitor centre for those wishing to learn more of the area's history
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Take a hike through history with a trip to the McIntosh Huts (overnight options available).

Scheelite – calcium tungstate, or ,white gold, – was mined in the area. Located just minutes from Glenorchy township, Whakaari Conservation Area can easily be incorporated into any visitor’s programme, including those walking the nearby Routeburn Track.

The area shows a different perspective of the region,s heritage. The extraction area for the scheelite covered a large area, including the north-west slopes of Mt McIntosh at around 1500m, where there are now several historic huts. These huts are one of the most remarkable features of the area. Their position allows visitors stunning views over the lower Dart Valley and the peaks of Mt Aspiring National Park.

Care needs to be employed up here though as it is often windy and exposed with the higher slopes carrying heavy snow during the winter months.