Lakehead Hut
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Lakehead Hut makes a good overnight tramp for families with children or new trampers. It can also be reached by water taxi.

Hut overview

Easy walk from road end

1-3 hours




Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Heating
  • Mattresses
28 bunk beds

Seasonal restrictions

During school holidays and public holidays this hut can be busy and occassionally full.

About this hut

Lakehead Hut sits at the head of Lake Rotoiti in the Travers River valley, at an altitude of 630 m.

From the hut, walk to the swingbridge over the Travers River (2 hr return), or fish in the Travers River or in the lake.


  • Bunks - platform (shared) bunks with mattresses
  • Water supply - cold water from a rain collection tank
  • Heating - wood burner with firewood provided (although there may be periods without firewood if weather conditions prevent resupply)
  • Space for camping outside the hut
Huts have basic facilities. You'll need to take:
  • Sleeping bag
  • Cooking stove, pots/pans and utensils
  • Toilet paper
  • Rubbish bag
  • Newspaper/firelighters and matches/lighter for the wood burner
  • Torch

Getting there

Times from nearest access point and huts
  • St Arnaud via Lakehead Track (Lake Rotoiti Circuit): 3 hr 
  • Coldwater Hut: 50  min across Travers River (no bridge) or 3 hr via swingbridge up the Travers valley (Lake Rotoiti Circuit)
  • John Tait Hut: 4 hr 30 min
  • Angelus Hut: 6 hr
  • Hopeluss Hut: 5 hr

Lakehead Hut can also be reached by water taxi from the end of the lake at St Arnaud. From the jetty for drop-off or pick-up, it's a 15 minute walk to the hut.


NZTopo50 map sheet: BS24
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1585212, N5364023


  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Youth (11 - 17 years): $7.50 per night
  • Child/Infant: (0 - 10 years): free

Before you go, buy 1 Serviced Hut Ticket (green for adults, orange for youth) or 3 Standard Hut Tickets (blue for adults, yellow for youth) for each night's stay. Put these in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass for unlimited use at most Serviced and Standard huts for a 6 or 12 month period.

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Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 521 1806
Address:   View Road
St Arnaud
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