Tarn Hut

Image: Dave Quested | ©


This is a standard 5-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
5 bunk beds

About this hut

Getting there

Lower Goulter Hut to Tarn Hut

Lower Goulter Hut: 6 hr (9.3 km)

From Lower Goulter Hut the track climbs steeply, then more steadily up a spur to the summit of Bushy Top. It then follows the undulating ridge dividing the Wairoa River from Crozier Stream to a low saddle. From there a short spur track leads down to Tarn Hut.

Mt Rintoul Hut to Tarn Hut

Mt Rintoul Hut:  5 hr (9 km)

From Rintoul Hut the track leads through mountain beech forest to climb the scree and rock faces of Purple Top (1532 m), before descending down the main summit ridge. The route then sidles across the southern face of Bishops Cap (1425 m) to join the main forested spur to the south. Tarn Hut is to the east of the main ridge, and is reached on a sign-posted access track.


NZTopo50 map sheet: BR26,
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1614106, N5400007


  • 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
Email:   renwick@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Gee Street
Marlborough 7204
Postal Address:   PO Box 51
Marlborough 7243
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