Introduction

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.

Overview

In the Great Walks season (1 October 2020 – 30 April 2021):

  • 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

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

Huts

In the Great Walks season (1 October 2020 – 30 April 2021):

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

  • Adult (18+ years): $32 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

International visitors:

  • Adult (18+ years): $32 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): $16 per person, per night

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

All visitors:

  • Adult (18+ years): $15 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 - see acceptable eligibility proof.
Campsites

 

In the Great Walks season (1 October 2020 – 30 April 2021):

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

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

International visitors:

  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): $7.50 per person, per night

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

For all visitors:

  • Adult (18+ years): free**
  • Child (17 years and under): free**

** Except Ohinepane Campsite and Whakahora Campsite, which are also drive-in campsites. Check pages for prices.


* 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 - see acceptable eligibility proof.
Discounts

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


Bookings are open 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.

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: agents@doc.govt.nz 

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