HUTS AND ACCOMMODATION

We provide pack transfers each day to your next accommodation destination and back to the car park on your final day. We are limited to one pack of 20kg or less per person and one chilli-bin per group. You need to bring all of your food, but there is no need to bring any cooking or dining equipment.

FIRST Night
Cook House
You arrive in your vehicle at Island Hills Station and stay in the the shearer’s quarters which have been converted to provide rooms with two single beds in each. You just need your own sleeping bag. There is a hot shower and a fully equipped kitchen with an oven,BBQ and fridge.

second night
Valley Camp
The Valley Camp is a large open plan lodge, with interior curtains for added privacy and a fully equipped kitchen, gas cooking facilities,BBQ, hot shower and a small gas fridge/freezer for perishable items.

third Night
Bush Hut
Set in native bush forest, the Bush Hut built in 1932 has all the characteristics of early pioneering times with a few modern facilities such as gas cookers, small fridge/freezer and a hot shower. It has bunks and semi-permanent tents situated behind the hut with amazing views of the mountains.

 

All beds are fitted with comfortable high grade mattresses, bedding protectors and pillows, with your own daily fresh pillow case. All you need is a sleeping bag.

All kitchens are fully equipped with:
Gas cookers, fridges, cutlery, plates, pots, pans, coffee plungers, tea towels, items for washing up and lots more. You need nothing but your food. The Cook House also has an oven.

Island Hills Station
5.0
Based on 13 reviews
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Chris Burnell
Chris Burnell
21:45 04 Feb 22
Wonderful experience doing the 3 day Island Hills Station walking track. Shaun is an excellent host. The scenery is... stunning and varied. Would highly recommend the Walking Track experience.read more
Michael Markert
Michael Markert
23:30 13 Jan 22
What an amazing place and host! We made the three day walk, Shaun is a super host going the extra mile. Great huts and... equipment, and we loved the hot showers.read more
Karne Steel
Karne Steel
04:04 08 Jan 22
Let me start by saying that Shaun was an absolutely amazing host.6 of us completed the 3 day walk option (which... includes a nights accommodation before you start walking), I hadn't been on a multi-day walk before and I found it to be the right difficulty for me to manage after having an ACL repair 9 months prior. With the 2 day option you may miss out on some of the charming accommodation that the private bush/farm offers.The guide (Shaun), who briefs you ahead of the walk and checks in daily, does a great job at preparing the locations between guests and taking the edge off the walk with some good jokes.The accommodation and toilet facilities were great considering the remote location, especially the showers.Many thanks for a great new years experience.read more
Karin Klebert
Karin Klebert
05:04 03 Jan 22
What a special treasure we discovered here! Island Hills Station is how I see future oriented farms thriving.Thank... you all involved for making this such an amazing time for us.read more
Victor Buckwalter
Victor Buckwalter
03:32 07 Dec 21
Loved every aspect of this walk. Superb!
Kelly Gilchrist
Kelly Gilchrist
02:02 06 Nov 21
We did the BYO horse trek over two days and really enjoyed it! Farm tracks, forest tracks, goat tracks, rolling... paddocks, river crossings, QEII Conservation area and a steep climb!The accommodation is fantastic. Hot shower and a flushing toilet in the middle of nowhere was an unexpected luxury! Just so happened we had the best hut mates too, so that was great. Got to say the Old Valley Hut was a favourite.Very much enjoyed the bubbles, salmon and cheese on arrival at Valley Camp after a long day in the saddle.Thanks for making this accessible to horse and rider, much appreciated and I hope this venture works out for you.read more
Donna Chapman
Donna Chapman
23:51 03 Nov 21
We did the 3 day walk. If you are reading this and pondering whether to do the tramp or not...just do it!! Comfortable... accommodation, best showers in the south island, stunning and varied scenery, peace and quiet from the rat race of life, wonderful hosts and perfect weather. An amazing experience 😀read more
Wendy Newman
Wendy Newman
07:09 12 Oct 21
Just got back from a three day trek, what a fantastic resource on our doorstep. Shaun does a great job maintaining the... tracks and stocking the huts, like to thank our fellow trampers and Doug the dog for their company.read more
Melissa Jessen
Melissa Jessen
08:27 21 May 21
Had an amazing guided hunting trip with Shaun, in the breath taking island hills. Shot my 1st south island red deer and... red stag. Shaun is a great guide, making you feel comfortable whether you are a beginner or seasoned hunter 👌 definitely want to go back again. A must do!read more
Kate Daellenbach
Kate Daellenbach
02:05 30 Jan 21
Beautiful place and a lovely walk. We did the two-day version, when our original tramping plans were scuttled by... shocking weather. They were able to accomodate us last minute. It still felt like a tramp - some nice little hills in there to get the heart rate up. Stunning, stunning views, some company in the form of cows (all very chilled out), and friendly informative hosts in Shaun and Hayley. Thank you Shaun and Hayley, and to the Shand family for sharing their bit of paradise. (PS. When you do this walk, plan to have a shower at the Valley Lodge!).read more
Julie Nixon
Julie Nixon
03:00 04 Jan 21
Thoroughly enjoyed our recent three day trek. Some good challenges along a well designed track that saw us enjoy... wonderful views along the way. Huts were a welcome sight at the end of each day. Great amenities and well stocked. Loved the pack cartage each day and walking with a day pack. Very well organised and Shaun makes you feel at ease out on the trail knowing there’s daily check ins at the huts and weather forecasts each night. Recommended to those wanting to visit our great outdoors and away from busy crowded tracks.read more
Ray Fabish
Ray Fabish
05:34 23 Nov 20
We had a fantastic time. Shaun was professional, friendly, and faultless in the way he set us and the experience up.... The huts and showers have to be experienced to be believed. Would highly recommended to anyone who has a medium or better fitness levelread more
Christine Gabrielle
Christine Gabrielle
10:58 28 Oct 20
Highly recommend this guided trip-Kiwi value non-stop and memories forever.! You will learn things you did not know... about the NZ bush and wildlife and have such a better experience of the land!! Just carry a daypack and enjoy every minute. Super clean historic huts, toilets, showers (hot at every stop!!) Really well-organized..Plus awesome meals, wildfoods, treats and surprises-don't miss out! This one is a MUST DO even for experienced trampers-over gorgeous country with the Best Guide Ever (you can find the track yourself but you will miss half the experience without Shaun Monk with you!)--book it- you will NOT regret it. Plus if you're into hunting, teaching your kids to hunt-he is your man. Super thumbs up all around!???‍????????⛰???‍♂️read more
Dave & Lisa Anderson
Dave & Lisa Anderson
21:38 09 Oct 20
Had a wonderful trip during the school holidays with the children (aged 9 and 10). Fantastic track, great way to see... our own back yard. Beautiful native bush, birds, and wildlife. Make sure you take the time to check out the glowworms and have a go at catching some pests (the children were stoked to catch a possum). Totally recommend.read more
Johannes Schulz
Johannes Schulz
09:24 28 Jun 20
Well, how to even start?This place resembles a tranquil and simultaneously wild area. Mountains, Manuka trees, rivers... - even mighty stags can be spotted. Beside the natural beauty of the Island Hills Station area, the hospitality and service of the owners leave nothing to be desired. Here I had my fist hunting experiences, extended walks through a natural paradise and a cozy resting place in the lonely huts that are provided.I can only recommend this place for anyone who seeks a close up encounter with New Zealand, its people and natural beauty, while having an andventurous blast for a lifetime.read more
Victoria Alexander
Victoria Alexander
04:49 23 Jun 20
What a way to rejuvenate! Island Hills truly has it all; well-equipped comfortable huts, diverse and interesting... walking options for every level of fitness and knowledgeable, enthusiastic, down-to-earth hosts. An adventure not to be missed.read more
Esther Riess
Esther Riess
01:01 22 May 20
You can truly call this place a piece of paradise! This is the first place in NZ I felt very sad to leave behind. Had... my first hunting experience and the walking tracks are something else! It’s a once in a lifetime experience. If cabins, outdoor wood heated baths under stars, mountains and hunting sound intriguing. Don’t miss out!read more
Arian Gaedke
Arian Gaedke
01:31 03 Mar 20
First hunt in New ZealandI come from Germany, hunting in Germany and New Zealand is very different. It was a great... challenge to hike and hunt in the mountains.It was very interesting to learn so many new things about nautur in New Zealand. Shaun taught me a lot of great tips for camping and survival in the bush or in the mountains.The trip was an exciting new experience for me.read more
Haley Lloyd
Haley Lloyd
08:31 27 Nov 19
Such a beautiful place and the Bush Hut was amazing. The hosts were very down to earth and knowledgeable. A real off... grid kiwi back country experience.read more
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When you are dropped off at the beginning of the track on the first day the track ranger will give you a history of the farm, conservation projects and the surrounding area.

Island Hills Station is a working sheep, cattle and honey farm with it’s own protected conservation reserve.

Fully Equipped Huts

Fully Equipped Huts

No WiFi or coverage

No WiFi or coverage

BBQ's at Each Hut

BBQ's at Each Hut

Outdoor Hot-tub

Outdoor Hot-tub

ECO TOILETS

ECO TOILETS

HOT Shower's

HOT Shower's

Bush Hut

Bush Hut is the third night accommodation a wonderful forest setting and a real step back in time. Situated in the middle of one of the biggest QEII conservation covenants in the country.

 

Valley Camp

Valley Camp at the Island Hills

The Valley Camp Hut was built for pest control and mustering and now gives you the chance to spend your second evening in the heart of the high country.

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Island Hills, 1612 Tekoa Road, Culverden 7392

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TEL: 0224 640 140
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