You can check out but you'll never leave
Originally built in 1895 down at the Homestead, Stravon’s aptly named “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 be able 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 down the hallway you’ll find SHACKLETON'S, our exclusive bolt hole on the west wing that pays homage to the Heroic Era and the natural history of New Zealand.
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 this little gems illustrious past.
Sweet dreams are made of this.
Design: NZFS S80 (New Zealand Forestry Services) - Retired
Sleeps: Two people
That 10 pounder you lost earlier is a long story.
Getting on the river shouldn’t be...
Our spike camps are used to experience the grandeur of New Zealand’s outdoors up close and personal.
Whether it be deep in the bush at Stravon, in the Alps or on the banks of a backcountry river, you‘ll wake up with a view that will have you reaching for your camera before anything else. Our nature camps are set up for your absolute comfort, however far we’ve traveled off the beaten track. Experience the true beauty & freedom of New Zealand’s ‘backyard’ when sleeping out under the stars - there’s not a sky like it.