Abel Tasman National Park
The Coast Track
Certainly the most character-filled hut on the Abel Tasman Coast Track, Whariwharangi Hut was built in 1898 by John William Handcock from timbers floated ashore through surf from the coastal steamer, "Lady Barkly". John Handcock lived here with his family for 15 years.
It was last lived in as a home in 1926, then became a stockman's hut for many years. Forest behind the hut has been regenerating since it was last farmed in 1972. In 1980, this charming old farmhouse was extensively restored for its new role as a tramping hut.
On the short walk from the hut to Whariwharangi Beach you pass through the CAMPING AREA which has filtered drinking water, fireplaces, flush toilet and 20 tent sites for up to 40 campers. (Not a beachfront camp).