With a easy start to the ride via the Alps to Ocean Alternate Trail many may reach the Oteake Conservation Area on the first evening. There are two huts and a conservation campsite down the Manuherikia West Branch.
The first hut in the Manuherikia West Branch is Top Hut:
|Top Hut in the West Branch of the Manuherikia River|
|Boundary Creek Hut in the West Branch of the Manuherikia|
And just as you leave the river heading towards St, Bathans there is the old Homestead Campsite. It is pretty basic but has a toilet and shelter.
The Manuherikia Huts are fairly low down and would be fairly comfortable at this time of year. Higher up on the Pisa Range there are two options to stay which may either provide a welcome rest before the crossing of the range, or respite from the weather if you have to wait for bad weather to subside.
|Meadow Hut on the Waiorau Snow Farm|
|Meadow Hut interior|
Closer to the top of the Pisa Range is Kirtle Burn Hut:
|Kirtle Burn Hut on the Pisa Range|
|Kirtle Burn Hut interior|
Early on up on the Old Woman Range is the Old Woman Hut:
|Old Woman Hut|
|Old Woman Hut interior|
Plenty of scope for a comfortable night in the hills!