IntroductionThis is a serviced 28-bunk hut in the Nelson Lakes area.
- Toilets - non-flush
- Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
May to October:
- Additional hazards on all routes to Angelus Hut including snow, ice, avalanche risk and sub-zero temperatures.
- Hut facilities reduced – water and firewood may not be available at the hut.
Bookings are required for Angelus Hut all year round.
Check conditions in the 'Know Before You Go' section below before you travel.
Angelus Hut at 1,650 metres, sits on the shores of Lake Angelus surrounded by spectacular mountain views.
From May to October in most years, the lake is frozen, snow blankets all four routes, and you may have to dig your way to the hut.
- No cookers – bring your own.
- No rubbish bins – take your rubbish out with you.
Adult (18+ years): $30 per night
Child/youth (5–17 years): $15 per night
Infant (0–4 years): free
Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
Child/Youth (5–17 years): $7.50 per night
Infant (0–4 years): free
Backcountry Hut Passes can only be used in this hut from 1 May to 30 September.
Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used from 1 October to 30 April.
Campers may use hut water supply and toilets.
Bookings are required all year.
A $10 service fee applies to phone and in-person booking. This is a limited service – book online first. An in-person booking is dependent on there being space available.
Your hut booking is for any bunk bed, not for a specific bunk bed – select your bunk bed on arrival.
Tracks to this hut
Angelus Hut tracks and routesLocated in Nelson Lakes National ParkAngelus Hut at 1,650 metres, sits on the shores of Lake Angelus surrounded by spectacular mountain views. From May to October in most years, the lake is frozen, snow blankets all four routes, and you may have to dig your way to the hut.Duration 2-3 daysDifficulty Advanced, Expert
Angelus Hut via Mt Cedric Track/RouteLocated in Nelson Lakes National ParkContinue from Sabine Hut to Angelus Hut on a very steep route.Duration 6 hrDifficulty Advanced, Expert
Angelus Hut via Pinchgut Track and Robert Ridge RouteLocated in Nelson Lakes National ParkThe most popular route to Angelus Hut in fine weather.Duration 6 hrDifficulty Advanced, Expert
Angelus Hut via Speargrass Track and Speargrass Creek RouteLocated in Nelson Lakes National ParkThis route is often used to exit Rotomaninitua/Lake Angelus in bad weather. There are unbridged stream crossings, and muddy sections.Duration 6 hrDifficulty Advanced, Expert
Angelus Hut via Travers and Cascade Track/RouteLocated in Nelson Lakes National ParkContinue on from Lakehead or Coldwater Hut to Cascade Track, and on to Angelus Hut following the Hukere Stream.Duration 6 hrDifficulty Advanced, Expert
NZTopo50 map sheet: BS24
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1579151, N5362601
Altitude: 1,650 m above sea level
A hut warden will be on-site throughout the peak season.
Check the weather and the Mountain Safety Council's camera to help you plan and prepare.
The Mountain Safety Council have installed a camera that faced southwest of the Angelus Basin. It provides data for avalanche forecasts and offers trampers a view of current conditions.
The image below is the latest available image from the camera. The time it was taken is shown in the lower left corner:
Be aware there may be times when images from the camera are unavailable or inconsistent due to the remote location.
View previous images on the Mountain Safety Council's website.
Nelson Lakes - thefts from vehicles
Isolated carparks are prone to theft. Don't leave any valuables in your vehicle. A bag storage facility is available at the Rotoiti/Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre.
Keep alpine lakes and tarns free of lindavia (lake snow)
The invasive alga lindavia is present in Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoroa. It causes lake snow – a sticky mucus that hangs below the surface of the water.
Stop lindavia getting to the pristine alpine lakes in Nelson Lakes National Park:
- Make sure all your gear is completely dry for 48 hours before swimming or taking water from any alpine lake or tarn, including Rotomaninitua/Lake Angelus.
- Do not touch the water in Rotomairewhenua/Blue Lake and Rotopōhueroa/Lake Constance.
- Be extra careful if you’ve recently swum or filled a drink bottle from Lakes Rotoiti or Rotoroa.