Turnbull’s Hut is on the Longwood Range, it is part of the Te Araroa Trail. it is a 4 bunk Historic hut built in the early 1900’s as a water race maintenance persons dwelling.
Other than walking along the Te Ararao Trail you can get to it from the end of the Cascade Road up the Turnbull’s Hut Track. (Note the Te Araroa Trail is soon to be changed and will go from Martins Hut directly to Turnbull’s Hut and then go over the ridge to the East and drop down to the existing track).
Alastair Macdonald is looking after this hut, it needs a lot of work to preserve it’s historic status, new roof, new chimney, new lining inside, new water tank, a wood shed, and bring it back to 4 bunks (it is currently only 2), to mention a few. We have been in and done a hut survey on it, cut a chopper pad and cleared a lot of trees from around the hut as it was very damp and shaded.
There is a massive wash out on the Cascade road and one can only get to within 2.5 km from the end of the road.