Lake Angelus Hut
Image: Crystal Brindle | ©


Applications for the 2020/21 season are now open.


To apply or go on the waiting list:

Check out our other hut warden and camp host volunteer opportunities on the Nelson/Tasman volunteer pages.


Eight-day duty periods are available between 26 November 2020 and 29 April 2021 and on Labour weekend and Queen’s Birthday weekend.


Angelus Hut is a 28-bunk backcountry hut set in a grand alpine landscape, adjacent to Rotomaninitua/Lake Angelus in Nelson Lakes National Park. It can be reached via several different routes and is the most popular overnight tramp in Nelson Lakes.

The hut and the nearby camping area have a booking system during the busy summer season and on two long weekends (Labour weekend and Queen’s Birthday weekend).


The primary role of a hut warden is to help visitors enjoy their stay. You will be expected to:

  • make radio contact with DOC staff at the Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre twice daily at specified times
  • keep the hut, the toilets and surrounds clean and tidy
  • check the booking receipts of all trampers
  • provide information to trampers, including the weather forecast
  • be available to assist search and rescue staff if required
  • undertake minor hut maintenance
  • check, clean and tidy Bushline Hut and Relax Shelter when returning to St Arnaud if required.

What to expect

This volunteer opportunity is for one person. You may want to bring a friend for some or all of your duty. The accompanying person must pay the applicable DOC hut fees.

If selected you will need to have police vetting. This also applies to anyone accompanying you to be included on volunteer rosters. Learn more.

Accommodation and facilities: Wardens stay in the staff quarters of Angelus hut, which has two bunks and its own cooking facilities, but no separate ablutions. Free shared accommodation is provided in St Arnaud for the nights before and after the volunteer duty.

Food: A stock of non-perishable food is provided for hut wardens and a full list of the pantry stock at the staff quarters will be provided before you arrive. This food is provided to top up your own food. It is not sufficient as the sole source of food. This food is not for an accompanying tramper.

Fitness level required: You need a high level of fitness, with the ability to walk for 6 hours over uneven terrain with a heavy pack, and to cope with the 1000 m of ascent.

Experience required: You'll be a tramper experienced in New Zealand backcountry tramps, and fully equipped with your own tramping clothing and equipment.

Other skills required: You need to be able to relate to a range of people in a friendly, informative manner, be fluent in English, and have practical outdoor skills. Preference is given to those with a working knowledge of Nelson Lakes National Park. A first aid certificate is helpful.

Wasps: Can be a real problem later in the summer. People with allergies must bring their own medications (epipens, anakits, or other medication).

Age restrictions: You must be aged 20 or over

What to bring

Angelus Hut is in an alpine basin well above the bushline so wardens must have suitable gear to stay warm. Snow around Angelus Hut and Robert Ridge in the middle of summer is not unusual.

If your application is successful you'll receive a factsheet closer to the time. The information will include what to bring, more detail about your responsibilities, accommodation in St Arnaud and food reimbursement requirements.

What will be provided

A DOC ranger will ensure you know your role at an induction session before you leave for your roster on the Thursday morning. We'll make sure you have read, understood and signed the health and safety information and you'll be issued with the necessary equipment.

How to apply

To apply for a position fill out an online application form.

We'll view applications, and assign weeks as they come in and space is available.

This is a very popular volunteer opportunity. We can't guarantee that you will be selected.

If selected you may need to have a safety check which can include police vetting. Learn more.


Once you have been confirmed for a position, we'll be relying on you. Apply only if you can make the commitment. Last minute cancellations and no-shows put us in a difficult situations and can jeopardise running our campsite.


Volunteer coordinator


Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 521 1806
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   View Road
St Arnaud
Postal Address:   PO Box 55
St Arnaud 7053
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