Fees and bookings

There are no fees for entry into public conservation land managed by the Department of Conservation. However, fees are charged per person, per night for the use of huts and campsites on public conservation land and vary depending on the facilities and services provided.

Maintenance of backcountry huts requires a lot of resources. Your fees help keep huts available for public use.

Buying backcountry hut passes and tickets

Buy backcountry hut passes and tickets before your trip.

If you are planning on making multiple stays within a 6 or 12 month period, a backcountry hut pass will save you money. Find out about discounts for 12 month backcountry hut passes.

Note: The backcountry hut pass is not valid at vehicle accessible ‘conservation campsites’.

If you prefer to 'pay as you go' or will be using backcountry huts infrequently, then buying single hut tickets is a good option. Tickets are sold in units of $5 for adults and $2.50 for youth.

Backcountry hut passes and tickets and serviced alpine hut fees (for club huts on public conservation land) can be ordered by phone, fax, email, post or in person from DOC visitor centres.

Note: Some visitor centres do not have EFTPOS facilities. Contact the centre to confirm payment methods.

Backcountry hut passes and tickets can also be bought at YHAs and selected i-SITEs.

Backcountry hut tickets are also sold at popular sport and outdoor gear suppliers throughout the country.

Backcountry hut pass and tickets order form (PDF, 68K)


Most backcountry huts can't be booked and operate on a first come first served basis and you pay for your stay with backcountry hut passes or tickets when you arrive.

Some backcountry huts can be booked and if so you can't usually pay for them with backcountry hut passes or tickets. You must pay when you book. Check individual hut pages for details.

All Great Walk huts must be booked. Check Great Walks pages for details.

Some club huts require a booking. The backcountry hut pass or tickets are generally not valid. For specific fee details see individual club hut pages.

Conservation campsites: Find out about booking and paying for conservation campsites.

Backcountry hut and campsite fees

Hut Category

18 + yrs

11 - 17yrs

5 - 10yrs

0 - 4yrs

Great Walk hut
Great Walk hut pass required

$22 - $54

Free Free Free

Great Walk campsite
Great Walk campsite pass required

$6 - $18

Free Free Free

Serviced alpine hut
Hut ticket. Pay at Visitor Centre

$14 - $36

$10 - $18

$10 - $18


Serviced hut
Hut pass / Hut ticket required





Campsite at serviced hut
Hut pass / Hut ticket required





Standard hut
Hut pass / Hut ticket required





Backcountry hut pass 12 months





Backcountry hut pass 6 months





Campsite at standard hut
No hut ticket required


Basic hut or campsite

Backcountry campsites away from huts Free - $8 Free - $4.50

Fees are charged per person per night, unless stated otherwise.

Fees may differ between peak and off-peak seasons. Peak season is 1 October - 30 April (summer) and off-peak 1 May - 30 September (winter) although these may vary in some places.


Members of the following organisations are entitled to a 30% discount on the annual backcountry hut pass.

  • Federated Mountain Clubs
  • Mountain Safety Council
  • NZ Deerstalkers Association
  • NZ Alpine Club
  • Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations
  • LandSAR
  • Scouts NZ
  • GirlGuiding NZ
  • Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers

This is in recognition of their positive contributions to conservation and nature based recreation.

YHA member discounts

YHA members will pay only $100 for 12 month backcountry hut passes when bought through a YHA outlet.

Terms and conditions

View the terms and conditions for backcountry hut passes and tickets.

Related link

Backcountry huts factsheet (PDF, 160K).

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