Enjoy fishing, hunting, boating and swimming from Matai Bay Hut which is nestled in native bush in beautiful Tennyson Inlet.

Hut overview


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Heating
  • Mattresses
6 bunk beds

About this hut

Matai Bay Hut is nestled in native bush and provides a great base for fishing, hunting, sea kayaking and swimming. Hunters must have a permit and this can be obtained online or arranged with any DOC Office or Visitor Centre in Nelson/Marlborough.


  • Woodstove for heating only - you need to take your own cooker, cooking equipment and utensils
  • The water supply is the freshwater stream next to the hut. We recommend that water is boiled, filtered or treated before using it
  • Long-drop toilet close to the hut

The nearest DOC campsite is at Tawa Bay, 3 km north of the hut.

View from Matai Bay Hut window: Photo Beryl Archer.
Enjoy the view from Matai Bay Hut

Matai Bay Hut interior. Photo: Norm Gourdie.
Matai Bay Hut interior

Matai Bay Hut
Matai Bay Hut


Getting there

Godsiff (Matai) Bay, Tennyson Inlet, Pelorus Sound. The hut can only be accessed by boat to the shallow stone beach where it is sited.

The nearest boat launching ramps are in Duncan, Penzance and Elaine Bays. You must pay your launching fees as the facilities are managed by the local boat club. There is a mooring in the bay available for hut uses only. Although this is a registered mooring, hut users acknowledge that they use this mooring at their own risk in all respects.

If you sea kayak, remember to leave your kayak well above the high tide mark which can come very close to the hut.

Water transport can be arranged with operators in Havelock.


Shared occupancy:

Adult: $6.00
Youth/child: $3.00

On receipt of payment a confirmation email will be sent to you.

Sole occupancy:

$36.00 per night for up to 6 people.

On receipt of payment a confirmation email guaranteeing sole occupancy will be sent to you.


  • DOC Hut Passes and hut tickets are not valid at Matai Bay Hut.
  • Maximum stay of 4 nights except by prior arrangement.

Matai Bay hut is managed and maintained by the Matai Bay Hut Trust Incorporated on behalf of DOC.


You must book this hut.

Contact Linda Booth or Beryl Archer from the Matai Bay Hut Trust to make your booking.

Linda Booth 
Phone: +64 3 576 5570

Beryl Archer 
Phone: +64 3 576 5292


Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
Waitohi / Picton Office
Phone:   +64 3 520 3002
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Port Marlborough Building
14 Auckland Street
Picton 7220
Postal Address:   PO Box 161
Picton 7250
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