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Turk, Crown Range

tramping, huts, travelAmanda RogersComment
Crown Range ‘Turk’ (not a yurt, not a tank) is a prototype hut built by Erik Bradshaw, situated on Glencoe station out the back of Arrowtown. Built as a ski-touring base for his family, friends and backcountry travellers, it’s also perfectly situated for overnighting trampers. The solar panels power continuous ventilation, lighting and USB charge; this is a luxurious hut experience complete with hut slippers. Not to mention that the practicals (gas/cooker and utensils) and comforts (a heater and an armchair, carried up by Erik) are taken care of. If I were to add anything, it would be some art, but then you have the form of those surrounding hills and that light…! The longer way up (via Crown Peak) takes 3.5 hours, the short route direct from Bracken Gully up the spur, 2 hours. You could follow the range northward to reach Cardrona in another 4 hours, via Mt. Sale.

Crown Range ‘Turk’ (not a yurt, not a tank) is a prototype hut built by Erik Bradshaw, situated on Glencoe station out the back of Arrowtown. Built as a ski-touring base for his family, friends and backcountry travellers, it’s also perfectly situated for overnighting trampers. The solar panels power continuous ventilation, lighting and USB charge; this is a luxurious hut experience complete with hut slippers. Not to mention that the practicals (gas/cooker and utensils) and comforts (a heater and an armchair, carried up by Erik) are taken care of. If I were to add anything, it would be some art, but then you have the form of those surrounding hills and that light…! The longer way up (via Crown Peak) takes 3.5 hours, the short route direct from Bracken Gully up the spur, 2 hours. You could follow the range northward to reach Cardrona in another 4 hours, via Mt. Sale.

Crown Peak views of Wanaka (that bluey valley) and the Pisa range to the right.

Crown Peak views of Wanaka (that bluey valley) and the Pisa range to the right.

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Happy Dave with Whittakers & whisky

Happy Dave with Whittakers & whisky

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Kahurangi - Central Otago - Westland

conservation, huts, nature, road trips, tramping, travel, wildlifeAmanda RogersComment

A delayed Christmas break to three favourite places involving hutbagging, catching jewelled geckos for translocation, searching for ancestors' gravestones in west coast cemeteries and an epic wedding squeezed in between.

Boulder Lake (the hut is that tiny white speck on the far side of the lake, to the left) from Brown Cow Ridge

Boulder Lake (the hut is that tiny white speck on the far side of the lake, to the left) from Brown Cow Ridge

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Adelaide Tarn Hut

Adelaide Tarn Hut

Anatoki Forks Hut

Anatoki Forks Hut

Coprosma spp. and snowberries

Coprosma spp. and snowberries

Jewelled Gecko,  Naultinus gemmeus

Jewelled Gecko, Naultinus gemmeus

Old Woman Hut, Kopuwai Range

Old Woman Hut, Kopuwai Range

One of a dozen fords that stopped Little Blue and I from further adventuring. At least they make good camping spots.

One of a dozen fords that stopped Little Blue and I from further adventuring. At least they make good camping spots.

Track to Rod Donald Hut, Banks Peninsula.

Track to Rod Donald Hut, Banks Peninsula.

Korimako

Korimako

Okarito

Okarito

Ludovico Martini's resting spot, Stafford Cemetery, Arahura

Ludovico Martini's resting spot, Stafford Cemetery, Arahura

Margaret River, Australia

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