Rakiura National Park, Rakiura / Stewart Island – April 2022
Doughboy Bay Hut is the southernmost shelter on the Southern Circuit of Rakiura. Nestled in the forest among the Southern rātā, rimu, flax and crown fern, the hut offers shelter for trampers tackling the circuit, or hunters in pursuit of the island’s whitetail deer. The existing hut has been on site for nearly 20 years, when the old Long Harry Hut was shifted to replace a dilapidated bivvy and tent camp.
Like other huts in Rakiura National Park, Doughboy Bay Hut needed attention, and in April 2022 a Backcountry Trust team and DOC rangers set to the task, with funding from Kaimahi for Nature.