About Turks

Welcome to the home of the Mountain Turk Club. The goal of this club is to build, install and manage Turks in mountain environments of New Zealand.

A Turk (tank hut) is a lightweight, helicopter flyable mountain hut based on a large plastic water tank. Creative interior design combined with the circular shape results in a highly efficient and relaxing space that is safe in even the most extreme of storms. The name derives from the saying “Not a hut and not a yurt, not a tank so must be a Turk”. About Turks

The initial project for the club was to establish five Turks in a high altitude traverse between Treble Cone and Coronet Peak ski areas. This will provide an amazing ski traverse in winter and a stunning alpine walk in summer. The project was largely completed by October 2020 despite COVID interruptions. Read more about the Mahu Whenua Traverse here.

Tanks huts have previously been installed in both New Zealand and the Antarctic. In all cases these huts were positioned by helicopters and exposed to extreme sub-zero weather.

You can read About Erik and some Turk history to help understand what is going on here. Although I am a keen ski tourer, this is not the only focus of the club. The Mahu Whenua Traverse will not be the only project we tackle, potentially there will be many Turks in remote parts of NZ. As the club evolves, it will attract fishermen, climbers, hunters, walkers, trampers and anyone who appreciates a good hut in the mountains.

Please register below so you can stay up to date with developments. We’ll try and send a newsletter out approximately monthly. There is no restriction in being involved, however to use the huts you need to be a member of the club – see Club Membership requirements here.

If you’re already a member and want to stay at a turk, make a booking here.

Erik Bradshaw, November 2020

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4 Comments

  • Paul Corwin

    Dear Erik, my wife Sally Widdowson and I have just joined MTC. (Our friend Zane Kerse sent us updates on the project.) Based up at Christchurch and Cass not sure when we will be able to use the huts but think they are such a great idea! In March we were in Canada and did the Wapta traverse. We had a night in the new Guy hut–An amazing hut but it must have cost a gazillion $ . It had triple glazing and incredible insulation and needed no heating even when it dropped to -20 at night. It has wind, solar and propane power. It has no water source so is closed in the summer!

    Let us know if you have any proposed Turk sites up in Canterbury we could help with. The one place that really needs one is in the Murchison at Mt. Cook. Doing trips like Classen Saddle or the Aida Glacier are long days from Kelman Hut these days.

    Good luck with beating the lockdowns before winter. Paul and Sally

  • STUART TILLER

    The March 2020 edition of FMCNZ Bulletin, Backcountry, has a mouthwatering article about Turks and the Manua Whenua traverse. What a dream of an idea and what a dream traverse to do. Hint, hint. If you ever there is an opportunity to do this and have room in your party my hand is up.
    After COVID the world is going to have to be very different. A timely rejig of everyone’s ideas about what matters most in life. And Manua Whenua traverse has to be right up there as an example of the new reality. Simple, in touch with nature, healthy, egalitarian and home based. Congratulations. Stuart Tiller. Auckland.

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