Rod Donald Hut

Image: DOC


This is a serviced nine-bunk hut in the Christchurch and Banks Peninsula area.

Hut overview


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Heating
  • Lighting
  • Mattresses
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
9 bunk beds

Seasonal restrictions

Rod Donald Hut is on Te Ara Pātaka, this part of which is closed for lambing from 1 September – 25 October each year.

Year-round access to the hut is possible via Port Levy Saddle.

About this hut

This hut is owned and maintained by the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust.

It sits on a 10 ha private property of mainly regenerating native bush protected by a QEII covenant. It offers wonderful views over the Little River area and surrounding hills.


  • Verandah
  • Lounge with stove for heating the hut (not suitable for cooking, firewood supplied)
  • Bunk room
  • Solar lighting
  • Tank water (should be boiled or treated before using)
  • Composting toilet

What to bring

  • Cooking stove, pots, pans
  • Sleeping bag
  • Toilet paper


The hut was originally built as a private cabin in the early 1990s. The Rod Donald Trust purchased it in 2014 and upgraded it to meet the DOC Serviced Hut standards, before formally opening it to the public in November 2015. At the opening ceremony local Kaumatua James Robinson from Wairewa lifted the tapu alongside Rod Donald's father, partner and daughters. Rod Donald had a deep love for Banks Peninsula and is buried at St Andrew's church near Little River, in the valley below the hut.

Getting there

The hut is a 50 minute walk from Port Levy Saddle via the Te Ara Pātaka track. Port Levy Saddle can be accessed either from the car park at the top of the Western Valley Road from Little River, or via the Te Ara Pātaka track from Montgomery Scenic Reserve.


NZTopo50 map sheet: BX24
Grid/NZTM20000 coordinates; E1583679, N5159155


  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Youth (11 - 17 years): $7:50 per night
  • Child (0 - 10 years): $7:50 per night

Pay when you make a booking. Backcountry Hut Passes or tickets can't be used.


Bookings are essential.

Book Rod Donald Hut online, or contact Ōtautahi/Christchurch Visitor Centre.

Know before you go

Camping: There isn't any flat ground around the hut to camp on.

Rubbish facilities are not provided - remember to take all your rubbish, including nappies, out with you.

There is no vehicle access to the hut under any circumstances.To enquire about taking youth or conservation groups to the hut contact he Rod Donald Trust:


Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 379 4082
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   28 Worcester Boulevard
Christchurch 8013
Postal Address:   Private Bag 11089
Christchurch 8443
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