A Great Walk pass is required for use of all huts and campsites. General information here on the cost and how to purchase your Great Walks pass.


In the Great Walks season (1 October 2019 – 30 April 2020):

  • huts and campsites must be booked in advance
  • fees are paid at the time of booking.

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2020 - 30 September 2020):

  • huts and campsites are first come, first served
  • fees are paid with a Backcountry Hut Pass or Hut Tickets.


Fees are charged per person, per night to stay in huts or campsites on the Whanganui Journey. There are no fees for entry into Whanganui National Park.

Whanganui Journey fees
  Great Walks season Outside the Great Walks season
(18+ years)
Child / Youth
(0 - 17 years) 
(18+ years)
Child / Youth
(0 - 17 years)
Hut $32 Free $15 Free


Free Free
(except Ohinepane and Whakahoro which are $8 drive-in campsites)
(except Ohinepane and Whakahoro which are $4 drive-in campsites)

Note there is a maximum number of nights you can stay:

  • Great Walks season: maximum 2 nights at huts and campsites
  • Outside the Great Walks season: maximum 3 nights at huts, 5 nights at campsites

A 10% discount is available to members, staff and instructors of the following organisations, who also hold a valid 12 month Backcountry Hut Pass: NZ Mountain Safety Council; NZ Federated Mountain Clubs; NZ Deer Stalkers Association; NZ Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR); Scouts New Zealand; GirlGuiding NZ.

Discounts are not available online. To receive the discount we need to sight your membership card and Backcountry Hut Pass, so please visit a DOC visitor centre in person. If you get a discount you won't be charged a booking fee.

What to book

You need to book huts and/or campsites if you're doing the Whanganui Journey in the Great Walks season. Bookings are not required outside the Great Walks season.

How to book

2020/2021 bookings

Bookings will open on Wednesday 10 June 2020 at 9:30 am, for trips from 1 October 2020 to 30 April 2021.

Book huts / campsites online or contact a DOC visitor centre or a local i-SITE for personal assistance. Note:

  • Bookings are required for children and/or youth even though it's free for them to stay.
  • If you’re booking campsites, you’ll need to know the number of people in your group as well as the number of tent sites required.

Terms and Conditions

Read the booking terms and conditions (scroll to the bottom to find the Terms and Conditions link) for general information, age ranges, prices, discounts, penalty rates and the alterations and cancellations policy. Bookings not meeting the terms and conditions will be treated as invalid and cancelled.

Booking on behalf of others

Guided groups: To operate a commercial activity in an area managed by DOC, you need to apply for a concession (an official permit), in addition to any bookings you would need to make. Read more about concessions 

To make multiple bookings for facilities/services on behalf of customers, you must obtain permission or an agent agreement from DOC. To do this, email: 

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