New Zealand has a huge range of backcountry huts, most of which are available for public use. Some can sleep 80 people, while others are tiny two-bunk affairs with not even room to stand up in. They are located in our mountains, on the edges of our fiords, coastlines and lakes, beside rivers, in the bush and on the open tops. Together they form an internationally unique network of backcountry shelter, and these huts, so often full of character and history, are destinations in their own right.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Since beginning to tramp as teenager in the Kaweka and Ruahine ranges, Shaun Barnett has tramped the length and breadth of New Zealand, including a piecemeal traverse of the Southern Alps from St Arnaud to Milford Sound. Shaun cowrote the Montana Award-winning Classic Tramping in New Zealand (with Rob Brown) along with several other best-selling guidebooks. Shelter from the Storm: The story of New Zealand’s backcountry huts (with Rob Brown and Geoff Spearpoint) won the New Zealand Booksellers’ Choice Award in 2013. His most recent book Tramping: A New Zealand history, co-authored with Chris Maclean, was long-listed for the 2016 Ockham Book Awards.
Geoff Spearpoint began tramping in the Tararuas, spending his first night in a hut (Cone) during 1966 when he was 15. He joined the Hutt Valley Tramping Club and later the New Zealand Alpine Club (and is now a life member of both) following a passion of transalpine tramping and climbing trips. Prior to co-authoring Shelter from the Storm, Geoff wrote Walking to the Hills, various articles for club journals and Wilderness magazine, edited Moir’s Guide North, co-authored The
Canterbury Westland Alps and contributed a chapter to Wild Heart. A member of the Peninsula Tramping Club, Geoff lives in his own hut at Birdlings Flat on the Canterbury Coast.
ISBN: 978 0 947503 06 2