Rod Donald Hut from Port Levy Saddle with kids

Rod Donald Hut is a cosy, well mantained and clean hut, ideal for kids. Perhaps the biggest advantage of the hut is that it has only 9 bunks, so if you wish to have it to yourself, you only need a relatively small group to book it. The most common way to get to the hut starts at Port Levy Saddle, which is quite easily accessible from Little River via a reasonably well-maintained gravel road. The road is quite narrow, but we had no problem driving up with our 2WD.

From the saddle, the track follows a well-established and well-marked path. We took 4 kids aged 2-6, and they were comfortable walking the whole way. It’s only about 2 km, and it helped that after 30 minutes of slow walking, we could already see the hut, which motivated our kids. The last bit to the hut is quite a sharp descent along a muddy, narrow gorse track, but it was nothing the kids couldn’t handle with some silly games thrown in.

At the hut, we made a fire, played games, and the kids ran around until about 7 PM. Another great thing about the hut is that the bunk room is separate from the kitchen by a door and a floor (the kitchen is downstairs, the bunk room upstairs), so we could keep relaxing while the kids went to bed early. The next day, we just walked out the same way. It was a great trip with great company, and I can’t recommend the hut to other parents enough!

Stats: 2 km, 1h 30min each way, 50 m vertical ascent IN, 200 m ascent OUT

Participants: Michal Klajban, Anna, Elliot, Miranda, Mia, Bernard, Ira, Nico, Adrian

Tramped on 4-5th June 2024.




Total distance: 2344 m
Max elevation: 724 m
Min elevation: 521 m
Download file: GPX-hikingisgood-com-nz-2024-Rod-Donald-Hut-IN.gpx


Total distance: 2535 m
Max elevation: 720 m
Min elevation: 551 m
Download file: GPX-hikingisgood-com-nz-2024-Rod-Donald-Hut-OUT.gpx

About the Author

I lived a pretty ordinary life for a while. I did my studies, my second studies, my third studies, my first job, my second job, and my third job. I wasn’t really sure what’s going on so, in 2014, I left my home country (Czechia) to learn about the world. I’m still not sure what’s going on but I enjoy it much more. I lived in a few countries before settling in New Zealand.

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