Hut categories

Backcountry huts are more basic than backpacker hostels. They do not have showers, hot water, cooking and eating utensils or bed linen and you cannot buy food or equipment.

Each hut is unique but the facilities and services provided in or near huts are divided into five categories. Find information abut each category on this page. For further details see backcountry hut fees and bookings.

Great Walk huts

Great Walk Huts are the most comfortable. They have mattresses, water supply, toilets, hand washing facilities and heating with fuel available. They may have solar lighting, cooking facilities with fuel and a hut warden.

Serviced huts

Serviced Huts have mattresses, water supply, toilets, hand washing facilities and heating with fuel available. They may have cooking facilities with fuel and a warden.

Standard huts

Standard Huts have mattresses, water supply and toilets. Wood heaters are provided at huts below the bush line.

Basic huts/bivvies

Basic huts provide very basic shelter with limited facilities.

Club huts including serviced alpine huts

There are a variety of other huts on conservation land that are open to the public. These include recreation club huts such as the New Zealand Alpine Club huts in Aoraki/Mt Cook, Westland and Mt Aspiring national parks and private bush cabins.

They have mattresses, a water supply, toilets and hand washing facilities. They may have heating and cooking facilities and some require a booking.

Backcountry campsites

Campsites with very basic facilities are maintained near many huts. Hut facilities may be used unless otherwise stated. Please follow minimal impact practice.

 

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