Mt Rintoul Hut

Image: Dave Quested | ©


This is a standard 6-bunk hut in the South Marlborough area.

Hut overview


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


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

About this hut

Mt Rintoul Hut (1260 m) was built in 1966 by the New Zealand Forest Service, one of many SF70 huts built in this era. It was upgraded in 1997.

On a fine day there are magnificent views from the hut, particularly over the Waimea Plains and Tasman Bay.

Getting there

Tarn Hut: 5 hr (9 km)

Old Man Hut to Mt Rintoul Hut

Old Man Hut: 5 hr (4.5 km)

The track to Mt Rintoul Hut is rocky and exposed and involves some scrambling – take particular care and be prepared to wait out adverse weather.

From the head of the Old Man Hut access track, the main track climbs through bush and then above the bushline to the summit of Little Rintoul (1643 m). It then descends 250 m following poles to a low saddle before climbing steeply again to the summit of Mt Rintoul (1731 m).

Beyond Mt Rintoul’s summit the poled route traverses the ridgeline before dropping steeply down scree slopes to the bushline. From here a marked track leads to Mt Rintoul Hut.


NZTopo50 map sheet: BR26
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1618405, N5403506


  • Adult (18+ years): $5 per night
  • Youth (11 – 17 years): $2.50 per night
  • Child/Infant (0 – 10 years): free

Before you go, buy 1 Standard Hut Ticket (blue for adults, yellow for youth) for each night's stay. Put this in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass that gives unlimited use at most Standard and Serviced huts for a 6 or 12-month period.

More about hut tickets and passes


Wairau / Renwick Office
Phone:   +64 3 572 9100
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Gee Street
Marlborough 7204
Postal Address:   PO Box 51
Marlborough 7243
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