The Mud Hut

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

This is a truly unique place to spend the night, with the original fire place panoramic views of the Garvie mountains and Native forest below.

Originally built by the Chinese Gold Miners during the construction of the water race in the 1890’s and reconstructed in 1990, The Mud Hut is the only building of its type that may be stayed in overnight.

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

From here, it’s straight onto 2,000 hectares of nature’s playground – cycling or walking part of the second longest water race in NZ, hand restored 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

Originally built by the Chinese during the construction of the water race at the end of the nineteenth century

Reconstructed in 1990

Made of sod mud bricks

Located on the Eastern side of the Roaring Lion Trail (refer to map) approximately 9km from the Ski Hut

Sleeps up to four people in bunk beds

Open fireplace with wood provided

Two burner gas element (with gas)

Basic Pans for cooking with

Utensils, Cutlery, Plates, Bowls, Cups, glasses

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

Long drop toilet located near the hut

Pillows are provided (x4) please cover with your own pillowcase

You might see a mouse…eeeekkkkk!

Sleeps up to four people in bunk beds

Guests sleep top to tail with two people on the top bunk and two people on the bottom bunk

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

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 people $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