Fossickers Hut

Fossickers Hut

Marlborough

Fossickers Hut is situated near small, historic, gold-mining town, Canvastown, on the main route to Nelson from either Picton or Blenhiem. It's a convenient one hour from Nelson, and 40 minutes from Blenheim.

Staying at Fossickers Hut is like taking a step back in time. Canvastown was once a popular goldmining town, and remnants of the gold workings surrounding the hut, are reminiscent of a time when the valley was populated by 2000 gold prospectors. The pioneer-style of Fossickers Hut was designed by artistic owners, Craig and Jodie, as a nod to these early settlers.

The single-roomed hut is tucked into native bush, perched on a bluff above the serene Wakamarina River. Beautiful handcrafted features fill the little space, right down to the ceramic light shades and hand-made-by-Jodie individual plates and bowls in the camp kitchen. An old coal range in the lean-to kitchen, and outdoor, fire-heated bath, adds to the historic vibe. Inside the hut, a wood-burning stove and a comfortable queen-size bed create a cosy, inviting space. A roof loft, accessed by ladder, is an adventurous sleeping spot for the kids.

Bird lovers will delight in the cheeky native weka, and abundance of fantails, tui, woodpigeon and morepork in the bush surrounds. At night, discover the secret grotto near the hut, which reveals walls of glow worms - before a soak in the outdoor bath under a sky covered in stars. 

FROM $190 p/n

  • Sleeps 4
  • Child Friendly
  • Winter Escape

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488 Wakamarina Rd, Wakamarina 7178

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Fossicker's Hut is on the main route to Nelson from either Picton or Blenhiem. It's a convenient one hour from Nelson, and 40 minutes from Blenheim.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Fossickers Hut is self-catering. Just bring your own food and chilly-bin, and cook using the coal range and facilities provided in your camp kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Canvastown is 5 minutes away, and Havelock is just a 15 minute drive. Havelock has plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from.

    A 4 Square shop for supplies can be found in Havelock, and the nearest supermarket is in Blenheim (40 minutes drive). 

  • Things To Do

    Fossicker's Hut is the perfect place to stop, relax and take in the serenity.

    The beautiful Wakamarina River is right at your doorstep. Take a dip in the pristine, cool swimming hole - the perfect antidote to a hot Marlborough day.  Grab a pan and try your luck with gold panning. You never know what you might find...

    If you feel like some action, Fossicker's Hut is a great base to explore the natural attractions of the region.

    Bring your bikes with you, and take an easy ride to the end of the valley (a 15km ride). You can also drive up, and do the fantastic 2 hour loop walk through beautiful native bush.

    Get famililar with the history of the area and check out the historic gold trail nearby, complete with interesting information panels. 

    Havelock township (15 minutes drive away), is the gateway to Pelorus Sound - perfect for kayaking and boating. Or give river rafting a try! (Havelock also has a river rafting company).

    Pelorus Bridge is 10 minutes drive away, and you'll find a cafe and great easy bush walks in a prime example of virgin bush. 

    For keen mountain bikers, Wakamarina Track at the end of the valley is also an epic mountain bike ride and "the best one day ride in New Zealand". Your hosts, Craig and Jodie can drop off riders at the other end (Blenheim way), so you can do the ride and end up back at the hut.

  • Your Hosts

    Craig and Jodie moved from the Otago Peninsula to the Wakamarina Valley in 2011. They purchased their river side property as a bare block of land, freshly carved off an existing farm. Since then, they've developed it into a beautiful self-sufficient lifestyle block.

    Jodie is a ceramic artist and part time farmer, and Craig is a jeweller and builder.

    Jodie and Craig believe in keeping life real and making the most of where they live. They live as self sufficiently as possible. They grow most of their own food, and produce their own power through solar panels and a small home built hydro generator. They keep sheep, geese, chickens and pig, and catch fish frequently in the Marlborough Sounds.

    Fossicker's Hut has been created by this talented couple with creativity and flair. It's an eclectic mix of recycled materials, collected over years. Jodie and Craig were keen to acknowledge the craftsmanship of days gone by in its construction - and they have achieved a completely charming and peaceful retreat with the outcome.