Moturau Hut

Image: Stefan Marks | Creative Commons

Introduction

This is a 40 bunk, Great Walk hut on the Kepler Track, Fiordland. Bookings required in the Great Walks season.

Hut overview

Category

  • Category
Great Walk

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings required

Facilities

  • Cooking
  • Heating
  • Mattresses
  • Lighting
40 bunk beds

Seasonal restrictions

In the Great Walks season (23 October 2018 - 30 April 2019):

  • Bookings are required

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2018 - 22 October 2018):

  • Bookings are not required
  • Facilities are reduced

About this hut

Trampers at Moturau Hut, Kepler Track. Photo copyright: Susan Adams. DOC USE ONLY.
Trampers at Moturau Hut, Kepler Track

This is one of three DOC Great Walk huts on the Kepler Track - the Luxmore, Iris Burn and Moturau. There are also campsites at Brod Bay and Iris Burn.  

This hut sits clearing alongside beautiful Lake Manapouri, so is fantastic for swimming, kayaking and scenery.

Easily reachable in a day from Te Anau or Manapouri, it’s perfect for family day trips or overnight trips.

Facilities and services

In the Great Walks season (23 October 2018 - 30 April 2019):

  • 40 bunks with mattresses in a communal sleeping layout.
  • Water supply, flushing toilets, wash basins with cold running water (but no showers).
  • Heating with fuel available, and solar lighting in the communal kitchen area.
  • Cooking facilities with fuel, tables and seating (but no cooking utensils).
  • A friendly conservation ranger - they like to chat, they know the area well and can tell you about the environment and weather, or help out should an emergency arise.

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2018 - 22 October 2018):

  • Gas is not provided - you will need to bring your own cooking stove.
  • Flush toilets are replaced with pit toilets.
  • Running water is turned off inside the huts. Water can be obtained from the outside water tank, if this is frozen, then from the nearest water course or by melting snow.
  • There are no conservation rangers based at the huts.
  • Beds are on a first come, first served basis.

Getting there

This hut is on the Kepler Track, beside Lake Manapouri, Fiordland. It is about 2 hours walk from Rainbow Reach (between Te Anau and Manapouri), and about 5 hours walk from the track start/end (Kepler Carpark).

Location

NZTopo50 map sheet: CD07
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1178760, N4949343

Fees

In the Great Walks season (23 October 2018 - 30 April 2019):

New Zealand citizens and those ordinarily resident in New Zealand*:

  • Adult (18+ years): $65 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

International visitors:

  • Adult (18+ years): $130 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): $130 per person, per night

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2018 - 22 October 2018):

Walking the track outside the Great Walk season should only be attempted by fit, experienced and well equipped trampers.

For all visitors: 

  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free

* New Zealand rates:

  • "Ordinarily resident in New Zealand" means those:
    • who hold a residence class, student or work visa; and
    • who have lived in New Zealand for six of the previous 12 months; and
    • for whom New Zealand is their primary place of established residence.
  • Proof of eligibility will be required for the New Zealand rate (such as a New Zealand drivers licence, utility bill or a copy of a passport).

View from Moturau Hut. Photo: Mike Harbrow.
View from Moturau Hut

Bookings

Bookings are required in the Great Walks season.

Book Moturau Hut online or contact:

Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   fiordlandvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Postal Address:   PO Box 29
Te Anau 9640

Contacts

Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   fiordlandvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Postal Address:   PO Box 29
Te Anau 9640
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