Slate Hut

If it’s adventure you want and a memorable experience, stay right up the top of the mountain.

Just under Welcome Rock sits the Slate Hut, our newest hut which offers shelter, an outdoor cooking area and bath at 1100 metres above Sea level.

Watch the sun setting over the Mataura Valley and Eyre Mountains with extraordinary views, under a towering natural schist rock formation in the shape of a Falcon.

It’s  a rustic experience with yes – another outdoor bath (we love those baths!).

From here, it’s straight out onto 1,000 hectares of nature’s playground – cycling or walking part of the second longest water race in NZ, hand built by Tom with historic markers and a map to guide you. It’s a never-to-be forgotten experience!

All accommodation bookings include access to the Roaring Lion Walking & Biking Trail, for you to explore at your leisure

A cosy hut perched on the ridge line at 1,000m

Positioned near the highest point of the trail, just south of Welcome Rock (refer to map) approximately 2km from the Ski Hut

Hauled to position using two tractors

Greatest amount of sunshine hours anywhere in the valley

Expansive views

Accommodates four people

Basic gas cooker with gas provided

Basic Pans for cooking with

Utensils, Cutlery, Plates, Bowls, Mugs, Glasses

Outdoor bath heated by a wood burner (takes an hour to heat)

Pillows to be covered with your own pillowcases

Long drop toilet not far from the hut

Sleeps four people in one double bed and one bunk bed (top and bottom)

Candles, firelighters and matches

Sleeping bag


Food for all your meals


Lots of warm clothing for all weather conditions

A torch

Toilet roll

Bags for your rubbish (pack in pack out policy)

Tea towel & dishcloth

Positioned near the highest point of the trail, just south of Welcome Rock approximately 2km from the Ski Hut

Bag Transfers to your Hut: Drop your bags off with us and we take them to your hut for you and collect them again the following morning. Select the bag transfer option when booking.

A night for 2 = $138 (additional adults $60 per person), with a maximum of 4 people

BEFORE YOUR TRIP: Download either the Great Rides or Great Hikes App to your phone, select Welcome Rock Trails and start your tour!

COVID POLICY: We are happy to move your booking or refund you if your booking is affected by Covid restrictions.

WINTER: Riding is not permitted during winter. Walking to the Mud/Slate Huts can be arranged directly with us during winter.

THE TRAIL: The Trail is open for hikers & bikers from 1 October until 30 April.

RED SHED: Open & Available all year round, located near the homestead!

MUD HUT & SLATE HUT: Access these huts along the trail. Slate Hut is 2kms from trail head, Mud Hut is 10kms from trail head.

Thank you for your interest and enjoy your journey!
Tom & Katie