Huts are an important part of the New Zealand backcountry (outdoor) experience. The Department of Conservation (DOC) manages a network of over 950 backcountry huts in conservation areas nationwide.

Huts provide unique places to stay, refuge from bad weather and a place to rest and recover when you are out exploring the many parks and reserves.

All DOC huts are more basic than a backpacker hostel.


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DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map

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Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies