You can check out but you'll never leave

The saying "Home is Where the Heart is" may never ring clearer than when you're standing in our back country retreat 3,500 feet above sea level. Originally built in 1895 down at the Homestead, HEADQUARTERS is from a time long since gone. For 130 years this hut served as a refuge for cattle drovers and deer stalkers throughout South Canterbury. During the 1930's it was transported by horseback to it's present location where it has sat in the clouds ever since.
The hut's pioneer flavour remains, however, tastefully hidden are the mod cons of today.  And that’s really the uniqueness of Headquarters - its ability to turn itself on and off. With the flick of a switch you can remove yourself from 21st century comforts one second, to the days of the early pioneers the next.
And speaking of pioneers, just down the hallway on the western wing you’ll find SHACKLETON'S, our house bar that tips it's cap to the natural history of New Zealand and raises it's glass to Antarctica and the courage that conquered it.
We know every one of our guests are unique, and so is every adventure. That's why you'll discover, our hospitality, our wildlife & our renowned geography is what makes Stravon, Stravon and that's something, we believe captures the very SPIRIT of New Zealand’s great outdoors.
And that’s the SPIRIT we want to deliver to your soul.
  • Kokatahi Bivouac


    BUILT:  1957
    DESIGN:  NZFS S80 (New Zealand Forestry Services) - Retired
    SLEEPS:  Two people

    Like HEADQUARTERS, our other lodging has a proud history.  A relic of a bygone era, yet some 60 years younger than Headquarters, the Kokatahi Bivouac is infused with New Zealand hunting and tramping folklore.

    Originally located above the upper Kokatahi River, just above the confluence with a large unnamed side-creek that drains Bastion Ridge, The Rampart, and Mt. Ambrose. The hut was built in 1957 as a base for government employed deer cullers, it was in such a remote area that building materials and supplies had to be air dropped or found on site.

    In 2008 the Kokatahi was decommisioned for something more modern but its legacy and that of the deer cullers will live on as sits proudly at Stravon - in the high country, surrounded by deer... just how it likes it.

    As you take off your boots at the front door (the only door by the way,) spare a thought for the others that have gone before you.
    For 60 odd years this simple yet effective hut served as a timely shelter for many a weary hunter, angler or tramper and at times the Kokatahi must’ve looked more like a Hilton than a well weathered outpost.

    Enjoy a meal from it’s pot belly oven - all the basics are here to make your stay as cozy and as authentic as ever.
    After that, tuck yourself in and fall asleep proud in the knowledge that you’re now the latest player etched into its illustrious past.

    Sweet dreams are made of this.