Located part way up the Matukituki Valley in Mt Aspiring National Park, Cascade Hut is one of the oldest club huts in the South Island. Built in 1932, the hut has two rooms with 4-bunks each which along with Flora Hut further north is one of a couple of huts still remaining whose design represents the social mores of the time. In the past few years maintenance had slipped behind on Cascade Hut with more of the focus being on the clubs 1949 Aspiring Hut just 15 minutes further up the valley.
Local Wanaka resident Martin Curtis has been the driving force behind the restoration project and applied to the Outdoor Recreation Consortium fund back in 2014 for this project. Along with two others, the NZAC group got stuck into the work over that summer of 2014/15 and as well as re-roofing the hut, replaced numerous sections of rotten timber also replaced the original windows which had rotted out beyond repair. The new wooden windows were made to match the original in keeping with the heritage preservation approach of the project.
The inside got some work as well with the old rotten linings and insulation being stripped out of the ceiling and replaced.
A further trip in 2016 finished the interior of the hut including bringing the open fires up to code.
The larger NZAC Mt Aspiring hut is always unlocked and has a warden over the summer. The NZAC keeps Cascade Hut locked as a working historic hut but it is able to be booked by visiting their website. Once fees are paid they send the door code for that month.